Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. – Maya Angelou

No one teaches you how to be a parent. No one teaches you how to raise kids. And no one teaches you how to manage the emotional ups and downs of being a human – a little one, or a big one! We stumble through, hoping for the best, learning through the school of hard knocks, while juggling competing demands and our own personal challenges.

This introductory workshop has been designed to equip parents with knowledge, skills and tactics to help us parent better. The world we live in now is different to the one we grew up in, and understanding what is it to be human has never been more important.

While there is no one ‘right’ or ‘best’ way to parent, there are guiding principles based on how we are wired, how we operate as healthy individuals and how communities thrive.

This evidence-based workshop has been created by bringing together research and practices across the fields of psychology, sociology, emotional intelligence and neuroscience. The last decade of social science research has given us powerful insights into understanding human behaviour, which we can use in our everyday lives to better love and lead ourselves and our families.

If we want to raise our kids to be courageous in their own lives, to live authentically, to show up and be seen, to trust and be true to themselves, we as their parents, must show them the way. This workshop helps build our toolkit to build our way forward.


Who it’s for:

This is a workshop for parents (not children) of primary school aged children, and will be of particular interest to parents who are keen to develop awareness about human behaviour, and how it changes as we grow. You are most likely a busy parent, doing the best you can and keen to explore how to keep growing as parent amidst the challenges of everyday family life. You probably feel overwhelmed, at least some of the time, and would like access to practical, easy to implement insights to help you parent purposefully and more joyfully.


You’ll learn about:

  • Guiding principles for conscious, courageous parenting
  • Understanding our most primal need: secure attachment and connection
  • Why deliberately cultivating love and belonging matters
  • Creating family guidelines & culture
  • The role of mindful self-talk
  • Emotional literacy
  • The role of empathy
  • Priming for positivity
  • Note: This workshop is a small group format allowing for interaction and discussion.

Please bring with you:

  • Pen/s and notebook
  • Note: Light snacks will be provided, but feel free to bring your own lunch

About Your Facilitators

Frances Totney

Frances Totney is an experienced educator, children’s wellbeing specialist, positive psychology consultant and accredited coach in strengths and emotional intelligence.  Throughout Frances’ educational career, her study in mental health and wellbeing, and her experience of raising her own (now adult) children, Frances has supported kids, parents and schools cultivate psychological wellbeing through applying the latest research in positive psychology, emotional intelligence, neuroscience and social work.

As a wellbeing consultant, Frances bases her approach on the work of Dr Brené Brown and positive psychology. Frances believes strongly that it is through the building of authentic connections that children and families thrive. Frances is an associate with the Langley Group, supporting students of the Diploma of Positive Psychology and Wellbeing, debriefs personal profiles in strengths and emotional intelligence, is a contributor to the Growing Great Schools initiative, and has been a student of Dr Brené Brown’s work in vulnerability, courage, self-compassion, trust and parenting.


Kylie Lewis

Kylie Lewis is an accredited Daring Way facilitator in both The Daring Way and Rising Strong curriculums, based on the social science research of Dr Brené Brown.  Kylie is a corporate refugee intent on humanising work, and changing the conversations we have with ourselves and others, so that we live strong through courageous choices rather than stay small from fearful voices.

From early studies in psychology and sociology, Kylie built a 20-year corporate career in fast-growth businesses before finally understanding that the only thing that makes a culture great is the capacity of individuals to have the skills to handle hard emotions and the courage to have difficult conversations.

After watching Brené Brown’s TEDTalks, Kylie took the leap from her corporate career to reignite her love of the social sciences, and start her own business Of Kinin 2013. She has since become a qualified executive coach, an accredited Daring Way practitioner and is currently studying the neuroscience of conversations. She is also a qualified fitness instructor, specialising in group exercise for pregnant and postnatal women.

In co-facilitating this workshop, Kylie is working on purpose to participate in a global conversation about vulnerability, courage, shame and worthiness, and provide access to information on how emotion is connected to behaviour and thought. She is passionate about awakening people’s curiosity about emotions, and building awareness and the ability to articulate our understanding of emotions.

As a mother of two, Kylie is also keenly aware of how her own personal development greatly influences her ability to parent and raise emotionally healthy, thriving children.


It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken adults. – Frederick Douglass