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Sick,Tired and Stressed – the modern teacher’s malady.

As a former Deputy Head and class teacher for 22 years I read with interest the article in the Daily Telegraph about 15,000 teachers being off sick from school every…

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Sick,Tired and Stressed – the modern teacher’s malady.

As a former Deputy Head and class teacher for 22 years I read with interest the article in the Daily Telegraph about 15,000 teachers being off sick from school every day. I often coach teachers and Senior Management Teams on leadership skills and I see many highly […]

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Special Needs or Additional Needs is like an umbrella sheltering and hiding a huge collection of diagnoses underneath.

I’ve been sent this question to my Sue Atkins Parenting Show podcast – where we all discuss every possible aspect of parenting, giving you advice and support on topics which affect your daily life. It’s bursting with practical tips, techniques and ideas. Come and join us and […]

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Comics are a Gateway to Creating Life-Long Readers

When my son Will was little, he loved reading. Then he went through a phase of not reading books but loving comics. According to the latest research commissioned by Readly, the European leader in digital magazine and newspaper subscriptions this was good news! Comics are a […]

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Divorce Step by Step – Top Tips To Keep Yourself Sane

  To help you navigate the journey through Divorce I’ve recently launched a new series of free Divorce videos called Divorce Step by Step. The Divorce Step By Step videos have been set up specifically to help you address the range of issues and matters you have to […]

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Navigating Through Divorce Positively

“One day at a time – this is enough.” ~ Ida Scott Taylor 1820-1915, Author Click here to buy The Divorce Journal for Kids Navigating through Divorce Positively A bad marriage can make parenting and life in general stressful. The loss of the family structure can […]

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Once Upon a Time with ChatGPT: How AI is Changing the Way We Tell Bedtime Stories to Kids.

Once Upon a Time with ChatGPT: How AI is Changing the Way We Tell Bedtime Stories to Kids. I was fascinated to learn about using AI-generated bedtime stories by reading an interesting post from Chris Holloway on LinkedIn. Bedtime stories are a magical part of childhood. They transport […]

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Manic Mums and Dazed Dads – Are you stuck in the spin cycle of life? Exhausted, wrung out and dizzy?

    Are you stuck in the spin cycle of life………….. exhausted, wrung out and dizzy? Do you find yourself falling into bed worn out, frustrated and complaining “Where did the time GO?” Then welcome to the Club! You are not alone as I coach lots of […]

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Divide your To Do List into 3 Categories: Essential, Important and Trivial.

I work with many stressed out parents struggling to balance their work/life balance and I created my Weighing up your work – life balance audio course to give parents practical solutions, simple ideas and a fresh way to manage their time. I have written, talked and blogged […]

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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 […]

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Try The CRISPS Approach to Your Parenting !

Being a positive parent isn’t any harder than being a negative parent! It just takes a quick shift in your thinking and attitude. Here’s the CRISPS way to becoming a more positive parent. CRISPS Consistency: children thrive with firm, fair, consistent discipline. No empty threats! Rewards: Positive […]

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Going Through Divorce or Separation? Make the #ParentsPromise

Parents Promise Every year, an estimated 280,000 children, a similar number to the size of the population of Newcastle, experience family separation. It’s one of the greatest, least-recognised health risks to our children. The Positive Parenting Alliance is a group of organisations, and individuals, who believe that […]

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Kids and Divorce : An Age By Age Guide To Help Parents

    I have been working with two families going through the process of divorcing and what has struck me is how the news that Mummy & Daddy are separating can vary depending on the age of the children. How the news hits a 3 year old […]

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Parenting Hacks | Fear of The Doctors Part 2 ?‍⚕️ | Disney Junior UK with Simon Hooper, aka Father of Daughters, Sue Atkins and Helen Skelton

  Brushing their teeth may not be every little one’s favourite thing to do. So how do you get them into the habit of doing it regularly? Is it better to make it into a game, or just get them into a headlock? ? How do you […]

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Parenting Hacks | Fear of The Doctors Part 1 ?‍⚕️| Disney Junior UK with Sue Atkins, Simon Hooper, aka Father of Daughters & Helen Skelton

We all know that going to see the doctor or dentist can sometimes be a scary experience for little ones who don’t know what to expect. So it’s important that parents help to put them at ease, whether that’s through role play, reading books together or watching […]

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How To Talk To Your Kids and Teens About Gender Without Seeming Out Of Touch

  I’m featured in The Telegraph newspaper. How to talk to teenagers about gender without seeming out of touch Talking to teens about gender can feel like a minefield for many parents, but it’s important to keep the lines of communication open If you’re the parent of […]

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