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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Giving Presence.

One of the highlights of Christmas for me is getting together with family & friends & eating Christmas dinner together at 5pm. Sitting round the beautifully shiny table decorated with holly & candles talking, laughing & sharing stories & time together. Eating at 5pm became a simple […]

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Keeping the magic of Christmas alive – when to tell the kids about Father Christmas

Here’s my interview on when to tell the kids about Father Christmas in Candis. “During the Christmas period it’s often up to parents to ensure everyone has a brilliant and most importantly memorable time. To keep it magical, Sue Atkins, author of Raising Happy Children for Dummies, […]

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15 of the best children’s books about Christmas

Get into the festive spirit with some Christmas-themed bedtime stories – perfect to snuggle up to in front of the tree, sipping hot chocolate 🙂 From wintery classics to new favourites about Father Christmas and his life in the North Pole, this reading list is suitable for all […]

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How Homestart Can Help & Not Just at Christmas.

I am very proud to be one of the Ambassadors for Home Start because it is a remarkable charity and last night I had the privilege of being invited to attend the Home-Start Charity Carol Service in St. Bride’s Church in Fleet Street – the most delightful place […]

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The Sue Atkins Gift Guide – 7 Great Parenting Christmas Gift Ideas

Looking for the perfect present but not sure what’s best? 7 Great Parenting Christmas Gift Ideas Every item in this guide is personally chosen by Sue to develop confidence, creativity, self esteem & independence. Let the Sue Atkins Gift Guide take the stress out of choosing the […]

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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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Do Christmas lists encourage children to be greedy? Handling Pester Power!

So it’s coming to that time of the year when the kids start being marketed to by the media. Do you feel under pressure to fulfill your child’s Christmas list? Well a survey today by the charity Mothers’ Union has called for an end to “pester power.” […]

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Read my tips for less stress at Christmas with a new baby.

  Christmas can be a stressful time of year – and one spent with a newborn even more so! Here are some handy tips to help you and your little one, enjoy the festive season. This Christmas will be different for you in terms of what you […]

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As It All Ends in Tiers: Keep On Adapting & Do What My Dear Old Dad Used to Say…

We’ve all got to think of creative ways to celebrate this Covid Christmas.   Before we went into Tier 4 I had a contingency plan that went something like this: We’re going for it. We’re going to sit under the big outside bauble decorated tree all fully […]

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Is yours a MAD HOUSE at Christmas ? Here are my tips to calm things down.

I was really delighted to see my tips appear on Cheryl Pasquier’s Mad House Family Review site this weekend. “A friend of mine is having trouble sorting out the arrangements over Christmas Dinner with her ex. I thought that maybe I should encourage her to refocus her […]

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Coping With Christmas Stress

  Christmas, although a time of great joy and celebration, can also be the most stressful of times for even the best of parents, with the family home chaotic and often besieged by visitors. Throw into the mix over excited children who have weeks to sit around […]

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Christmas on a budget with children

“If you want something expensive, you should ask your grandparents.” Matthew, aged 12 ‘Money makes the world go around!’, as Liza Minnelli sang in “Cabaret”, but debt is on the increase and Christmas can stretch family finances at the best of times. Here’s how to turn the situation around: […]

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7 Quick & Easy Tips To Get Excited Kids To Sleep around Christmas!

The guests have arrived, the presents are wrapped, the shops are closed, & the carrots & whiskey are out for Father Christmas & the Reindeer BUT the kids are still up jumping about in total excitement and not in the least ready for bedtime. Getting kids to […]

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How To Survive Your First Christmas Alone

It’s really stressful facing your first Christmas alone. Perhaps, you like me, are finding that you have had 20 years of family Christmases with tinsel and turkey, kids unwrapping their pressies in pyjamas with the Carols singing out on the stereo, the log fire blazing and a […]

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Too many Santas “confuse children” – what do you think?

As Christmas approaches, men trussed up in red suits and sporting fluffy white beards become a ubiquitous sight on high streets up and down the country don’t they? Parents of young children can guarantee that several versions of Father Christmas will be doling out presents and sprinkling […]

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