Parenting today delivers unprecedented challenges to parents. Coping with everything that is expected of you to be a wonderful parent on top of the pressures and demands of modern life is a big task. 

Madeleine can provide a range of services that can support you and your family, school, community to raise likeable, responsible, respectful children in an age of over indulgence.


It is hard to grow resilient, respectful, competent children. Children who grow up with too much end up having trouble in life as they:

  • do not know what is enough
  • lack every day life skills
  • have trouble resulting from irresponsible behaviours, violation of others boundaries and expectations of overblown entitlement and
  • cannot give up being the centre of attention

Parenting Road Code by Madeleine Taylor


Do any of these quotes sound familiar to you?

“My child spends so much time on his/her/their iPad/device/screen. I don’t know how to stop this. Do you have any suggestions for me?”

“My son is always being mean to me. I don’t know what I can do.”

“My daughter refuses to come to school each day. It is such a battle every morning. How can you help me with this?” 

“My child needs help getting dressed. Will you please be there to help him/her/them after swimming lessons?”

These are parenting issues, and ones that are addressed in the Parenting Road Code. Already proven effective with kiwi families, it is the perfect tool to support parents to reclaim their roles as leaders of their family.

With judgement-free advice, plenty of support and encouragement, along with practical exercises to complete, this book is recommended to all who have inadvertently found themselves in need of gentle re-direction to guide them back to the security of the parenting highway.

Staged as a series of building blocks, the book provides tools for returning leadership to the role of parent, affirming parents’ strengths, and setting goals and firm boundaries with the end goal of establishing an environment where loving family relationships flourish.

Also available the companion Support Workbook. This workbook is to be used along side the Parenting Road Code to help readers think through the exercises and record their thoughts.

Upcoming Workshops

Growing Resilient Children from Toddlers to Teens in an Age of Overindulgence Group Skills Retreat -retreat runs yearly in February

How much is ‘too much’ for your children – as a parent, are you struggling to raise resilient children?

Changing and influencing – have you always wondered how to make things work better?

Interested in learning facilitation and group skills in a friendly learning environment with an experienced trainer?

Take time out at our retreat in a beautiful setting to work with the group, supporting and inspiring each other.

This residential retreat combines with the ‘How Much is Too Much’ subject matter, whilst learning skills that you can transfer to your workplace or home.

Work alongside your group facilitator Madeleine Taylor, People Skills Consultant and Resilient Kids Ltd. who has run this annual retreat since 2016.

The retreat is suited to teachers, community workers, policy advisors, and volunteers who may come from the education, health, leadership, service and engagement sectors or wider…and parents!

The fee of $995 Inc. GST per person is all inclusive of:

  • five nights’ accommodation
  • all meals
  • 40 hours of training, AND
  • ‘How Much is Too Much’ book


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