From Little Boys to Good Men

Presented by author, and parenting and resilience educator Maggie Dent
From Little Boys
to Good Men
Helping our Boys Shine in a Confused, Chaotic World
A one-day event for anyone who lives or works with boys
Saturday, 31st January 2015
Hale School, Wembley Downs, Perth, WA
This event brings together some of Australia’s leading ‘boy champions’ to
explore how we can raise and educate our boys to become good men.
We live in a culture of disrespect and a society that presents significant risks
and challenges for boys and men, including suicide, depression and anxiety,
substance abuse, crime, violence, social media, body image issues and
Our presenters will share the latest information on what is going on for our boys,
and present tried-and-true strategies for parenting, caring for and educating
them in ways that will help them flourish and shine.
Giving Boys a Great Start: Birth–8
Maggie Dent, author, educator and
resilience specialist
Boys & School: A Time to Connect
Clark Wight, Director of Leadership,
Hale School
$198 ($120 for
concessions; $165 each
for couples/co-parents
and three or more
people booking from
the same centre/school/
organisation) Prices
include GST
Adolescent Boys & Father Figures
Professor Bruce Robinson,
Director of The Fathering Project
Boys on the Real Man Road
Dr Arne Rubinstein, author of The
Making of Men
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About our speakers
Maggie Dent – Giving Boys a Great Start: Birth–8
Maggie is an author, educator, and parenting and resilience specialist with a
particular interest in the early years and adolescence. She is the author of seven
books including her latest (published in 2014) 9 Things: A back-to-basics guide
to calm, common-sense, connected parenting Birth-8. A self-confessed ‘boy
champion’, Maggie is the mother of four adult sons, and is a passionate advocate
for the healthy, common-sense raising of children in order to strengthen families
and communities. Her presentation looks at what our boys really need in the early
years, to grow happy, healthy, strong and kind.
Clark Wight – Boys & School: A Time to Connect
Clark has a 24-year history teaching and leading in schools both in Australia and
the United States, and he has a passion for discussing student development,
differences and needs. He is a father of three and works as a leadership consultant
for schools and businesses. Clark’s presentation will offer a poignant and humorous
look at our boys at different stages, and what parents and schools can do to foster
the essential elements of growing up: resilience, empowerment, reflection and
finding their own unique voice and gifts. Knowing, connecting and loving our kids
at any age means we need a deep understanding of who they are today and how to
help them develop to be men of character, love and wholeheartedness tomorrow.
Professor Bruce Robinson — Adolescent Boys & Father Figures
Dubbed by Steve Biddulph as the “Fred Hollows of fathering in Australia”, Bruce is
a lung specialist, Professor of medicine and Director of the award-winning Fathering
Project at the University of Western Australia. Bruce was recently honoured with an
Order of Australia (AM) as well as being chosen as the WA Australian of the Year
2014. Bruce has written six books on fathering, including Fathering from the Fast
Lane. His presentation will cover the huge risk adolescent boys face of having their
fun turn into catastrophe – addiction, illness, developmental issues, poor attitudes
to school, crime, suicide and more. Statistics show the most powerful untapped
force to reduce these risks in boys is a strong and appropriate father figure. This
presentation will focus on road-tested strategies that parents, particularly fathers
and father figures, can use to effectively reduce the risks that boys face and how
mothers can facilitate that important and effective process.
Dr Arne Rubinstein – Boys on the Real Man Road
Arne has 30 years’ experience working with teenagers and their families as a doctor,
counsellor, mentor and facilitator of workshops. He is the author of The Making
of Men, was the CEO and co-founder of the Pathways Foundation, which creates
contemporary rites of passage for adolescents, and recently founded Uplifting
Australia to improve the emotional wellbeing and resilience of children and families.
Arne’s talk will focus on the time when a boy changes and becomes a young man.
How we parent and support him during this critical period will impact enormously
on how he navigates this potentially challenging and difficult time that can affect the
rest of his life. Based on the latest research around adolescence, Arne will explore
differences in how we need to parent a boy compared to a young man; how to keep
the best possible relationship; how to keep them motivated and communicative;
and how to stay in communication when things get tough.
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