Today I attended, with my mum, a conference. It was called the a building Brighter, Stronger Families conference. It had two guest speakers in Mem fox and Maggie Dent. Both of these women are very big advocates for teaching children from birth to at least five how to read and other essential life skills that would be useful later in life. Tickets weren’t cheap but to me, well worth it. I lived it. I didn’t know what to expect as I had never heard of Maggie Dent until I booked ,y ticket and I knew a little about Mem Fox through a Facebook page I follow. That’s it really. So I went into it with an open mind and I was quite pleasently surprised. I learnt a lot about parenting that I didn’t know before and made me feel a bit more confident about my parenting journey so far. I did particularly enjoy Maggie common sense approach to parenting and found that I was questioning certain aspects of parenting that I do myself and what I can do better.
Don’t get me wrong, Mem was fantastic and I am more encouraged then ever to read to my daughter and in fact I even brought one of her books, I’m Australian Too, for both my 14 month old and my 37 year old partner to teach the both about diversity in Australia.
Maggie Dent and her common sense approach really resonated it’s me because I am possibly like many mums and I doubt myself 90% of the time in regards to how I raise my daughter and get very confused about what is right and wrong in regards to her. I also learnt that, even that I am an over protective mother, I need to take a step back and let her get bumps and bruises to help her develop. I need to let her experience a lot more. I am also one of those people who is addicted to technology and so after today have realised that I am modelling that to my daughter and I don’t want her to be like this. I want her to experience the world for real, not via the to shows (although she will sit with me and watch the tv network with me…)
All in all, I loved the conference. I do wish it wasn’t so pricey as I think more people would have attended and therefore benefited from the information that was presented to us, so maybe next year that could be something to look at…..
But all in all, awesome and I am so glad that I went.
P.s. The catering was awesome too 🙂 love when places actually put effort into catering as well 😁