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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…

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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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Are childhood sweethearts a thing of the past?

Life long teenage sweethearts are an endangered species according to findings which turns the spotlight on the differences between the generations apparently. “Childhood Sweetheart” conjures up something magical doesn’t it as if the relationship is defying the usual scientific laws? Think Jamie and Jools Oliver, Wayne and […]

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Step Dad Advice – Bringing together two separate families is a process, not an event. It takes time and flexibility on everyone’s behalf to settle into new family relationships.

I’m delighted to have been invited to write some articles for Dad Info – a wonderful website for Dads and Step Dads. Today here is my article on what the Americans call ‘Blended Families’ but what I like to call ‘Slow Burning Casserole Families’ 🙂 ‘Bringing together […]

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Cooking up a happy step family is like a slow burning casserole !

Stepfamilies have a bad image. Think of Snow White’s jealous stepmother or Cinderella’s ugly sisters or at the other end of the spectrum, picture the unrealistically positive stepfamily, such as the Brady Bunch. But real life is more complicated that either of those stepfamily models and stepchildren […]

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2023 Welcome To The Year of ‘Jellyfish Parenting’

There are a few things we already know about 2023: the cost of living crisis is going to affect almost everything we do, particularly for parents and families, the political landscape will continue to be embroiled in turmoil and election countdown fever, and in the most era-defining […]

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Co-Parenting Over Christmas – Ideas to Help

                I was delighted to have been interviewed about Co-Parenting over Christmas – often a tricky and stressful time for The Divorce Magazine. We focused on helping children of divorced parents’ during their first christmas and their life after divorce […]

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How do YOU handle Christmas Family Fall Outs? Sure Fire Tips to Help.

    I was interviewed awhile ago on the Vanessa Feltz Show on BBC Radio London about the news that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle didn’t join the Queen for Christmas as they have chose to spend baby Archie’s first festive season away from Sandringham. Big News? […]

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Top Tips For Talking To Your Children

    How and when we choose to talk to our children can have a profound affect on their future happiness. When I work with parents I talk and teach them how to “reframe”. Reframing is how we change the language we use to describe and discuss […]

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What’s wrong with Granny? Talking to your children about Dementia

    My children’s Grandma has senile dementia and it has been sad to see this once incredibly active, kind and weekly golfing woman become a shadow of her former self. When I found out I Googled “Dementia” as my former husband had his head rather firmly in […]

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A hug is a brill gift – one size fits all ! ( Bit like a smile ! ) ~ Sue Atkins

A hug is a brill gift – one size fits all ! ( Bit like a smile ! ) ~ Sue Atkins

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The Sue Atkins Weekly Parenting Affirmation

Today is the start of a new day.    

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Moving House Made Easy – Top Tips To Tell The Kids

Top tips to move with children. “Will moving my 6 year to another town permanently damage her?” Here are some ideas to help 1. Take a some time to get really clear in your own mind about what you want to say to them to reassure them. […]

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Navigating Through Divorce Positively

“One day at a time – this is enough. Do not look back and grieve over the past, for it is gone: and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful that it […]

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The Sue Atkins Sunday Saying – a cup of positivi-tea

  Children Learn What They Live If a child lives with criticism he learns to condemn. If a child lives with hostility he learns to fight. If a child lives with ridicule he learns to be shy. If a child lives with shame he learns to feel […]

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The Best Time To Talk Is Now.

  Whenever I begin the process of coaching parents, a mum, or a dad, or a family, they almost always say something like this after the first meeting ‘I/we should have started this conversation years ago. I/we have known ‘this’ was a problem for a long time […]

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