Maggie Dent

Parenting author, educator and speaker

2024 WA Senior Australian of the Year Nominee

She is the author of nine major books and the host of an award-winning podcast. But you might know Maggie Dent by her unofficial title: ‘the queen of common sense’. 

An unsuccessful suicide attempt as a university student influenced then-teenage Maggie to change her career path. She became an English teacher who was able to teach more than just the curriculum – she also taught her students that everyone had their own unique strengths and potential. 

Maggie has volunteered in palliative care, suicide prevention and community bereavement education. She also became a celebrant, worked as a counsellor and travelled Australia working in schools and communities.  

Her ABC podcast Parental As Anything sees Maggie talking to parenting experts around the world; it won Gold at the Australian Podcast Awards in 2022. 

Today, Maggie is an advocate for the healthy, common-sense raising of children and a passionate, positive voice for children of all ages.