Are you a Christmas Martyr?

I was sitting in Costa Coffee  the other day  in Bluewater and I heard a group of women moaning about how stressful Christmas is with all the present buying, food shopping, wrapping and writing all the Christmas cards. And it got me pondering …… Why do some women take the role of martyr in their lives? […]

Kids and Teenagers With 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. Once your child reaches secondary school, teachers often assign […]

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 priorities, by reminding her of something important. […]

How To Survive Your First Christmas Alone

It can be really stressful facing your first Christmas alone. Perhaps, you 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 full house brimming with family. Then it all […]

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 perfect gift for your child whether they are […]

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. Are your children pester ninjas? 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.” Some 84 per […]

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 at home and the situation can quickly spiral out […]

14 of the best children’s books about Christmas – for different ages.

  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 ages. Here are some classic and popular […]

Simple & Practical Tips for Less Stress at Christmas with a New Baby.

  Christmas and the holiday season  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 feel up for and […]

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 tradition that my Grandad and then my Dad […]

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 of worship. It has recently been refurbished and […]

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 sleep can be challenging at the best of […]

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 a bit of festive magic in the shops. […]