If you’re looking for parenting help and advice from someone who really understands the challenges raising kids can bring, then you’re in the right place. With over 25 years experience working with children and having raised two kids of her own, Sue really knows how to make positive changes in any family.

Regularly featured on ITV’s This Morning and many other TV and radio shows, her advice is much sought after due to her positive, guilt-free attitude and effective solutions. The Sue Atkins Parenting Blog is where Sue shares some of her best advice to help you raise confident, resilient, independent kids. With new posts featured every few days you’ll always find something new, interesting and relevant to read.

Got a topic you’d like covered? Just let Sue know and your question might be answered in the next blog!

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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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Teenagers: ADHD and the Christmas Holidays. Jingle Bells or Jingle Hell?

      I found an interesting article on Health Central about Teenagers finding the change in routine very stressful around the Christmas holiday time. Here are some tips to help you get through the holiday period when you have a teenager with ADHD: Plan out their holiday homework. […]

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Depression is the most common new issue affecting young people.

I was interviewed on LBC Radio http://www.lbc.co.uk/ discussing the latest survey by the charity Relate revealing that mental health issues are bringing increasingly more young people into the counselling room. 64% of those counsellors surveyed said mental health/depression was the most common new issue affecting young people. […]

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Why Embracing Change Is The Key To A Happier Life.

  Birthdays are a time of excitement, reflection and change. None more so than big birthdays, like turning 18, 30, 40, 50 or 60 – the list goes on! Handling change is one of life’s greatest challenges and is a major part of being a parent. Change […]

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Here are some ideas to get your teenager’s sleep habits back on track for school…… !

  When my son was 19 and went to Brunel University to study journalism. I used to feel exasperated about his morning routine! But if you, like me, have had arguments about getting your teenager out of bed before midday you are not alone ! It’s a […]

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Getting Teens To Open Up To You – Ditch These Classic Ways To Switch Them Off

Communication can dry up during adolescence which is why people identify so much with Harry Enfield’s Kevin and Perry characters and that’s why the teenage stage has often been called the “grunt stage” but communication is a two-way process. It’s what we want and think, and what […]

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How Do I Cope With School Closures and Homeschooling.

  As regularly readers know I was a Deputy Head and Class Teacher for 25 years and have brought up 2 kids so I know about the ups and downs of having children. But this is a time of unprecedented challenge and change. Children have been sent […]

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Talk With Them, Not At Them

I’ve been writing some new articles for an online magazine in the States this week and one simple idea to engage, connect and stay bonded with your kids is to……. Talk With Them, Not At Them. Many parents I work with make the mistake of talking at […]

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Parenting in a Pandemic – Life After Lock Down – What Worries You?

    I’d like your help. I’m thinking of creating some videos to help you cope with the ‘new normal’ So what sort of things are really worrying you at the moment ? Are you worried about your kids going back to school? Are you worried about […]

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It’s a fine balance between spying, controlling, teaching and trusting our kids online.

I remember being rung up on a Bank Holiday Monday by a Polish journalist last year, asking me my opinion on some new tracking device that tracks children through their mobile phone. I told her I didn’t like it as it smacked of cotton wool parenting, an […]

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Why The Simple Act Of Eating Together Is Important

  I am a real advocate of families sitting down and eating together as it creates a bond, a connection and makes life fun. Kids can chat about their day, their worries or just spend time with you, and you can share your life with them in […]

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Politicians do it. Footballers do it. Role models do it. And, of course, kids do it. Why kids lie and what to do about it

As a former Deputy Head and class teacher for 22 years I’ve heard my fair share of ‘porky pies’ ranging from ‘My homework fell into the blender as I was making my breakfast smoothie’ to ‘I thought you gave me 20 stickers this morning’ to ‘Mrs Brown […]

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Why teenagers lie – and what to do about it.

  I have been working with parents who were beside themselves to discover that their teenage daughter has been consistently lying to them, to her friends and to her teachers. There are are two aspects to this article as it’s not just about lying – as it’s […]

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Teenagers who eat with their parents are up to 35% less likely to have eating disorders

I am a real advocate of families sitting down and eating together as it creates a bond, a connection and makes life fun. Kids can chat about their day, their worries or just spend time with you, and you can share your life with them in […]

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Getting Your Messy Teenager To Pull Their Weight!

Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.” ~ Benjamin Franklin 1706-1790, Scientist, Publisher and Diplomat Do you feel like you’re always wading knee-deep through your teenager’s piles […]

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