Coping With Christmas Stress

Christmas, although a time of great joy and celebration, can also be the most stressful of times for even the best of parents, with the family home chaotic and often besieged by visitors. Throw into the mix over excited children who have weeks to sit around at home and the situation can quickly spiral out […]

14 of the best children’s books about Christmas – for different ages.

  Get into the festive spirit with some Christmas-themed bedtime stories – perfect to snuggle up to in front of the tree, sipping hot chocolate 🙂 From wintery classics to new favourites about Father Christmas and his life in the North Pole, this reading list is suitable for all ages. Here are some classic and popular […]

Simple & Practical Tips for Less Stress at Christmas with a New Baby.

  Christmas and the holiday season  can be a stressful time of year – and one spent with a newborn even more so! Here are some handy tips to help you and your little one, enjoy the festive season. This Christmas will be different for you in terms of what you feel up for and […]

The Sue Atkins Wednesday Story: Failing Forward

  Here’s your Wednesday story from my never ending notebook and everlasting  coloured pencil. Failing Forward   “You can never learn less, you can only learn more. The reason I know so much is because I have made so many mistakes” ~ Buckminster Fuller – Mathematician and Philosopher who never graduated from University but received […]

10 Facts Parents Should Know About Dyslexia. A Checklist.

?   Dyslexia is not a disadvantage. Having a good understanding of the type of difficulties caused by dyslexia will help you support, encourage & motivate your dyslexic child without damaging their self-esteem. Did you know that more than 50% of NASA employees are Dyslexic? NASA is able to look past the negative opinions about […]

How You (As A Caring Employer) Can Help Employees Through Divorce and Separation

I was delighted to have been invited to the House of Commons recently to the launch of the Parents Promise  a new HR initiative to support parents going through divorce or separation. Businesses including Asda, Tesco, Metro Bank, PwC and Unilever have partnered with the Positive Parenting Alliance (PPA) to promote more family-friendly policies for […]

“GUILT – The “BIG G” and gremlin of parenting !

  I’m writing out the marketing materials for some talks I’ll be giving in London to businesses called “Lunch and Learn” bite sized talks for 45 minutes on a wide range of topics as parenting is such a vast subject isn’t it, and one of the many that I cover is, “GUILT – The “BIG […]

The Importance Of ‘Me’ Time for Mums

The concept of “me time” can be laughable and guilt-inducing for many busy mums. But it’s a healthy, necessary part of modern parenting. It’s not selfish – it’s self-care and vital to help you cope with living with kids! I coach loads of mums  and dads around balancing their lives as most of us put […]

Siblings Without the Rivalry!

            Sibling rivalry has always had a bad press – think of Cain slaughtering Abel and Joseph being thrown down the well and sold by his brothers because they were jealous of his beautiful multi coloured coat! Sibling rivalry can apply to any child living in the same family, from […]

Starting School ~ The Easy Way!

  From the moment you play peek-a-boo with your baby, you are preparing them for the process of moving away from you and learning about independence. Separation can be a difficult emotion not only for you as a parent but also for your child. As your child matures and gains in confidence, they grow into […]

The 7 Emotional Stages You’ll Go Through During and After Divorce.

  I always remind my clients that going through a Divorce is a process NOT an event and I firmly believe that it is similar to the grieving process described by the eminent American Psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross in her 1969 book, On Death and Dying, that was inspired by her work with terminally ill patients. […]

Beauty, Imagination & Stereotypes : Unpacking the Pros and Cons of Barbie

My daughter was never a huge fan of Barbie, but then neither was I as a child, but after  decades of criticism that its best-selling doll fails to accurately reflect a woman’s proportions, Mattel has released three new body shapes to its iconic Barbie line ! The body types unveiled  were – curvy, tall and […]