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.

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‘The Alternative To Smacking’ Checklist.

As France bans parents from hitting their children & England discusses it. The debate rages on…. If you have just entered into a disciplinary arms race with your kids, then smacking is NOT the answer. Parenting doesn’t have to be a battle. Using positive discipline, you CAN […]

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‘I was smacked as a child and it didn’t do me any harm’ – is a MYTH. Read WHY!

  There is a “definitive link” between smacking children and behavioural difficulties, a new study has found. Researchers at University College London, who reviewed 20 years of research on the topic, found that physical punishment is not effective in improving children’s behaviour, and instead makes it worse. I have been on Channel 5 News, GB News, TalkRadio and interviewed […]

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Do you run the risk of your child remembering being smacked only once – more than the 100 hugs?

Why You Shouldn’t Smack Your Kids….. Here are 10 Reasons To ‘Pause To Ponder’ …… Another recent study reveals a connection between spanking/ smacking in childhood and mental health diagnoses later in life. Whether or not you agree with the findings, here are 10 reasons smacking is never a […]

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So, it is your legal right as a parent to hit your children provided that you don’t leave a tell-tale mark, bruising or blood. But is that RIGHT?

    Smacking “It feels like someone banged you with a hammer.” (five-year-old girl) “Sometimes if you smack, if it was an adult like my daddy, he can smack very hard … he can smack you like a stone … and you’ll cry.” (seven-year-old boy) It Hurts […]

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Why is it that when an adult hits a child we call it discipline ?

Building Your Children’s Character Without Smacking Them. I’ve just come off the sofa on ITV ‘Good Morning Britain’ with Jeremy Kyle and Kate Garraway discussing smacking. I felt the pressure of 2 presenters and a lady from a Charity agreeing that it’s OK to smack, tap, […]

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Is it OK to smack our kids and when should we give them mobile phones? The Sue Atkins Parenting Show Episode 1

The Sue Atkins Parenting Show is where we discuss every possible aspect of parenting, giving you advice and support on topics which affect your daily life. Each free, weekly episode is bursting with practical tips, techniques and ideas. Also, you can sign up to The Sue Atkins […]

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Smacking is really NOT the answer…..

I was just interviewed on Talk Radio in a heated debate on smacking. Throughout my 10 years of being a parenting author this is the topic that generates the most controversy. I remember writing about this topic in my first book ‘Raising Happy Children For Dummies’ and […]

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Report by the UN insists that smacking must be banned to bring UK into line with international law.

    I’ve been interviewed quite a lot recently on BBC radio stations around the UK about smacking, as a report by the UN insists that smacking must be banned to bring UK into line with international law. You can hear my lively debate on BBC Radio […]

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‘ I was smacked and it never did me any harm’ people always say to me but surely there has to be a better way?

Watch me talking about smacking on ITV “This Morning” with Holly Willoughby and Eamonn Holmes.   Smacking is back in the news again and I was interviewed on BBC Radio London about smacking as Children’s Commissioner Maggie Atkinson claims that under current law here in the UK pets and adults have […]

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Would you smack your friend’s child for being naughty ?

I’ve just been interviewed by BBC Radio Birmingham discussing this article where an assistant in Boots tapped a 3 year old child who had been knocking bottles of bleach off from a shelf. I know myself falling out with a friend on holiday who let her 3 year old spit […]

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Conservative Justice Secretary Chris Grayling Defends Child Smacking – oh dear :(

I see smacking is in the news again today with Justice Secretary Chris Grayling saying that he smacked his own children when they were young and has defended the right of parents to smack. The Conservative minister, who has two grown-up children, told the Mail on Sunday […]

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SAY A BIG FAT NO TO SMACKING

    Today I am delighted to have Vivien Sabel as my guest blogger putting forward her opinion on smacking or spanking as my USA parents call it ! “Smacking or spanking is an act of aggression and in some cases violence against a child. In my opinion […]

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Smacking children reduces emotional intelligence and worsens behaviour

I met Duncan Grant an Ambassador for the NSPCC last night and we were talking about the Full Stop Campaign so I read with interest today an article in The Daily Telegraph about how smacking children reduces their emotional intelligence and makes their behaviour even worse, claims a new […]

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