Moving House Made Easy – Top Tips To Tell The Kids

Top tips to move house 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. Imagine where you’ll be – in the […]

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 is inevitable and although it’s perfectly natural to […]

The ‘Next Normal’

  How many times a day do you come across references to finding the ‘New Normal? ‘ Whether it’s kids going back to school, your work environment, going out to restaurants or going back to the gym. The phrase is still being tossed around because none of us are really certain about what our ‘New […]

The ‘Next Normal’ – Advice for Handling CHANGE

Handling change is one of life’s greatest challenges and is a major element in my work with parents & my intention is to help parents handle change positively and with clarity, direction and confidence.  Change is inevitable and although it’s perfectly natural to resist the changes in your life and feel overwhelmed and anxious about […]

The Sue Atkins Story To Ponder – Forgiving the Unforgivable

I always enjoy receiving my regular email from Karen Salmansohn,  a best selling author with over 1 million books sold – who is known for creating a new breed of books – “self help for people who would never be caught dead reading self help.” I enjoy the way she merges empowering psychology/philosophy tips with […]

My Tug of War Technique

  I’ve been recently working with a group of parents going through the turbulent times of a divorce and I asked them to remember participating in or watching a tug-of-war competition. You like me can probably remember both sides sweating, tugging, pulling, wrestling and expending huge amounts of energy but not really getting very far […]

Vengeance is a lazy form of grief.

  In the film “The Interpreter”, the character played by Nicole Kidman says, “Vengeance is a lazy form of grief.”   If you like me, are totally honest you’ve probably had moments where you’ve silently fantasied about your ex’s life being a total disaster after you’ve split up no matter who was to blame or […]

When you have great pain in your life – you need a greater purpose.

Whenever I find myself going through a really challenging time I go into survival mode. After separating from my husband after 21 years I found myself withdrawing into my shell, hibernating –  and focusing on just surviving the challenging times. I closed down. For those of you who have experienced this type of loss, you […]

Life after Divorce.

As the clock slowly ticks towards a New Year and I look back at the last 12 months, & the last 21 years of my family memories – of bringing up my two wonderful children, fondly reminiscing about wrapping presents in front of the electric fire and putting talcum powder down as snow from Father […]

The Sue Atkins Wednesday Parenting Story To Ponder

Maybe it’s time to make some small changes this week that, over time, become big changes for the better and will create a brighter more fulfilling future …….. Today’s  Wednesday Story from my never ending notebook and everlasting pencil comes from the fascinating HYPKNOWSIS website and is continuing with my theme of new beginnings. Library of […]

The Sue Atkins Wednesday Story To Ponder for Parents

CHANGE  Here is a true story from my never ending notebook and everlasting pencil taken from Chip and Dan Heath  the authors of Made to Stick and the soon-to-be-released book Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard. “A troubled teenager named Bobby was sent to see his high-school counsellor, John Murphy. Bobby had […]