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50 Risks to Take With Your Kids


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Daisy Turnbull is a teacher and director of wellbeing. She has taught at St Catherine's School in Sydney for eight years, and before that taught across school systems, including at a behavioural school working with students with varying challenges. Before going into teaching, she worked in interactive advertising as a producer and in strategy roles. Daisy is an accredited Lifeline crisis support counsellor and regularly volunteers on the crisis support line. She is the mother of two children, and holds a Combined Bachelors degree in Arts/Commerce, a Graduate Diploma of Secondary Teaching, and a Masters of Arts in Theological Studies. She is also an obsessive crocheter and a terrible runner.


'An honest, funny and beautifully written account of parenting with all of its accursed uncertainties. If we were serious about absolute risk-aversion, we'd never have children at all, of course, but Turnbull is a wise guide to the risks that are truly worth it. For a book about risk-taking, it's hugely reassuring.' - Annabel Crabb, journalist and author

'This book is full of smart, evidence-based steps that parents (and grandparents!) can take to assist the emotional and cognitive development of their children. In the 21st century, there are few more important parental, family or social tasks. I will be actively recommending it to many of those parents who are struggling to find practical actions that they can take every day.' - Professor Ian Hickie AM, clinical psychiatry researcher

'We hear that 'bubble-wrapping' kids backfires, but how do we start popping the bubbles? When do we fully unwrap the kid? What if we prefer our kids safe and sound, and no risk seems worth it? That's when we pick up this book: a practical, sympathetic guide to giving kids back the chance to make some 'bad' moves and grow from them.' - Lenore Skenazy, founder of the free-range kids movement

'Resilience is a gift you give your child. It's the ability to bounce back when things get tough, it's coping skills, and it's the foundation for good mental health. With a sense of humour and a pragmatic approach, Daisy Turnbull has made teaching resilience easy and fun. 50 Risks captures everyday opportunities to develop and nurture resilience in your child. It is an essential parenting resource.' - Dr Fiona Martin MP, psychologist and federal member for Reid

'Daisy has written an important and timely book, with a down-to-earth, practical and humorous approach, combined with nods to science, psychology and Bluey.' - Dr Judith Locke, clinical psychologist

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