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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Teachers deserve better than uninformed public criticism during this time of a global pandemic.

  As a former Deputy Headteacher I read with dismay a rather unhelpful tweet from Lord Andrew Adonis to say he’d written to Ofsted chief, Amanda Spielman, concerned that schools are not providing enough online learning. Teachers who were just recovering from Sir Michael Wilshaw’s Newsnight suggestion […]

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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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Helping Children Behave Better in the Classroom with Sue Atkins

An interview with my great pal across the pond – Dr. Lynne Kenney on how kindness and collaboration can improve children’s behaviour in the classroom. Lynne Kenney, Psy.D., is a practicing pediatric psychologist, author and international educator in Scottsdale, AZ. With a keen interest in changing the […]

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Today here’s a blog for all my teachers – ready to hit the last part of term up and running!

As a former Deputy Head & Class Teacher for over 22 years here’s a blog for all my teachers – ready to hit the last part of term up and running! Here is a simple but effective exercise to change your negative thoughts about problem behaviour into […]

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Dear Teacher.

  Here’s a beautifully heartfelt letter I discovered on Mamapedia as kids return to school this week. Dear Teacher, Today I relinquish my precious children into your care. Do you know how important you are to me? To them? From this day forward, you are a valuable […]

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‘Tick Box Teaching’

  Today thousands of teachers in the UK are on strike. I sympathise because education has become a world of what I call “Tick Box” Teaching – where teachers are snowed under with data. Ticking boxes about whether a 5 year old in Year 1 can “ […]

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Secret Teacher: ‘Dear Ofsted inspector, I am giving you notice to improve’

I know just how this teacher feels as a former Deputy Head ! Schools quake in fear of Ofsted instead of seeing it as an opportunity to get inspiring new ideas and positive feedback. The culture of blame and shame really doesn’t help schools or teachers feel […]

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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 […]

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Animal School – a wonderful video to celebrate that every child is as unique as their fingertips !

  As regular readers of my blog will know I used to be a Deputy Head and class teacher for over 20 years – this is a truly beautiful video for all parents, teachers and educators……. to celebrate that every child is as unique as their fingertips […]

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Sick,Tired and Stressed – the modern teacher’s malady.

As a former Deputy Head and class teacher for 22 years I read with interest the article in the Daily Telegraph today about 15,000 teachers being off sick from school every day. I now go into many schools running my “Beat Bullying – Confidence Classes for Kids” […]

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