Do you want to be your kid’s friend?

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Show notes:

In this episode:

  • Hybrid Working – How’s It Going? Working Weekends?
  • Breaking Mum and Dad Podcast – Sue’s Interview with Anna Williamson about Divorce, Mental Health and Kids Wellbeing
  • Tips for Talking: Looking at Speech Delay
  • Sue in Conversation with Joanna Rowland Author the Memory Box: A Book about Grief.

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Divorce enquiries to legal firms soar by 95% in pandemic with women driving the surge in interest – 

Delighted to be interviewed by Anna Williamson on her ‘Breaking Mum and Dad Podcast’ about divorce & mental health & helping children feel heard through their distress.

I was all rather nonchalant as I didn’t know who she was until I discovered that she has over 250,000 followers on Insta & the interview only went live an hour ago & has had 4,399 views already ?

Anna is an experienced TV and radio broadcaster, No1 best selling author, counsellor, life coach and Master NLP practitioner, like myself ?

Anna uses this diverse skillset as the dating expert on Celebs Go Dating (E4),

This Morning,

Good Morning Britain (ITV),

Inside Out (BBC One),

Big Brother’s Bit on the Side (C5) and celebrity dating show Single AF (MTV).

She is also the host for National Lottery Xtra, and talkRADIO alongside Matthew Wright, Eamonn Holmes & Saira Khan.

Anna also hosts and ‘drives’ ‘The Anna Williamson Show’ on BBC 3 Counties radio.

Her debut book ‘Breaking Mad’, an anxiety-busting guidebook published by Bloomsbury in 2017, became a number 1 bestseller and her follow up book ‘Breaking Mum and Dad’ was released in March 2018 to critical acclaim and unanimous 5-star reviews.


Anna also hosts and co-produces ‘Breaking Mum and Dad: The Podcast’.

Alongside ‘Loose Lips: The podcast’ with Luisa Zissman where both debate and talk openly about topical issues from relationships, celebs and parenting to careers.

Both podcasts regularly reach the No 1 spot on iTunes!


I received great coverage of a survey I was asked to discuss on 18 radio stations around the UK by MAOAM about how parenting has changed over the last 30 years and here’s some coverage in the newspapers too that include my thoughts.

A survey of 2,000 UK parents, 1,000 with youngsters under 16, and 1,000 with children over 30 revealed stark differences in bringing up their kids.

Modern parents want their children to consider them as friends!

Express     The Sun      The Scottish Sun    Mirror    The World News      Opera News

London News Today    Celebrity Cover News


This is What I Was Up To

On Wednesday I joined the Omnicom Media Group with their OMG UK Parents & Carers Advisory Team as they hosted a Q&A session with myself.

Omnicom Media Group UK

I answered questions from OMG’ers, offering working parents at OMG UK practical guidance for bringing up confident and resilient children as we emerge into a more hybrid way of working.


Here’s what Ellie Powling said about the event.

‘This morning Sue Atkins (The Parenting Expert seen on ITV) delivered an informal, friendly, non-judgmental, information-packed webinar answering questions from working parents at Omnicom Media Group UK.

We hope you all enjoyed it and found it helpful – we’d love to organise another session to cover more topics because Sue has so much more to teach us all!

Why not book Sue as part of your staff wellbeing offering?

Please contact.

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Today’s Guest

From the perspective of a young child, Joanna Rowland artfully describes what it is like to remember and grieve a loved one who has died. The child in the story creates a memory box to keep mementos and written memories of the loved one, to help in the grieving process.


This lovely and important book is in #TheSueAtkinsBookClub


Language Delays

Tips for talking.

Language delays are the most common types of developmental setbacks. The pandemic has made these problems worse for many at-risk kids who are not able to receive the outside support they need.

Crawling, walking, and talking. They’re milestones parents celebrate. Not all babies will meet them on time and sometimes parents are tempted to compare their child with others.

Language deficits are common developmental delays. Studies show about one out of every five children will learn to talk or use words later than others their age. Supporting children with language delays can be challenging in under-resourced communities, especially during the pandemic. A new study compared toddlers whose parents had taken a language intervention training programme to others whose parents did not.

The research suggests parents can help by allowing for pauses in your conversations giving your child a turn to talk, even if they don’t reply. Also, react enthusiastically when your little one seeks attention with sounds. Respond to a child’s sounds with single words or simple phrases. And of course, frequent reading with your kids has been shown to help improve language.

When working on language with your child, keep background noise and distractions to a minimum. Studies show too much tv can actually delay language development because parents tend to not talk to their children when both are focused on tv.


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