Sonja Preston

Founder of The Parenting Cafe

Sonja Preston has worked with over 800 families, assisting them with child development information, helping them manage the issues which can come up in parenting, strengthening their bonds with their children and all in a relaxed, fun environment. The information she shares is research based, so you know you are getting the best.

She has a strengths based approach, believing that parents are the best teachers for their children, and that her role is to support them with additional information, and lots of acknowledgement and praise for the great job which parents do.

She makes parenting easier and fun!


  • Dunstan Baby Language Educator certification
  • Dunstan Baby Language Regional trainer for Tasmania
  • Parents as Teachers Educator certification
  • International Trainer
  • Circle of Security facilitator
  • Certified 123 Magic & Emotion Coaching practitioner
  • Certified Engaging Adolescents practitioner
  • Diploma of Life Coaching
  • Diploma of Teaching
  • Teaching Certificate
  • NLP (Neuro Lingistic Programming) certification
  • Certificate IV in Business


  • Sonja has worked in the field of human development and excellence for 30 years.
  • Parenting Consultant for 18 years in TAS & NSW
  • Tasmania’s only Dunstan Baby Language Educator, and Regional Trainer
  • International Trainer for Macquarie Uni in the “Parents as Teachers” program.
  • Life Coach
  • A classroom teacher – infants grades
  • Behavioural Specialist teacher for children with behavioural difficulties
  • Special Education teacher of children with physical and/or intellectual delays
  • Gifted and Talented Co-ordinator – extending and challenging children
  • Field Studies teacher – organising excursions into the Australian landscape.


Author of:

  • 97 things I Learnt from my Parents re Parenting
  • 97 things I Learnt from my Parenting Experience
  • The Gift of Cancer
  • Beaches – workbook for field studies work K-6
  • Forests – workbook for field studies work K-6

Co-Author of:

  • Inspiration Bible
  • Unlocked Success
  • You can Beat Breast Cancer
  • Our Journeys
  • Our Safe Travel Diaries

Regular Columnist for:

  • Hobart Mums Network newsletter
  • Dunstan Baby Language website

Sonja is an honest, knowledgeable and compassionate person, and her enthusiasm for teaching parents, to teach their children, is infectious. I find her to be a person you will never forget. From the first time you meet her, your life is enriched and blessed by having her share in your child’s (and family’s) growth and development.

I believe having monthly home visits from Sonja was a natural and truer way to assess my child’s development, and enabled me to learn how to tailor our playtime, and to prepare my daughter for her school years.

I will forever be grateful to Sonja, for extending her services to provide additional support and assessment for my eldest daughter, when my youngest daughter passed away. During this tragic time, Sonja arranged for a special counselling session to help my friends know how to cope with their own shock, and how to help me through my families grief. Thank You.

I think it is wonderful that Sonja is able to share her knowledge with us.