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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Is your child getting enough sleep?

  Children sleep an hour less today than 30 years ago – and it’s having a dramatic effect on their intelligence, behaviour and obesity levels according to surveys by the National Sleep Foundation, yet 90% of American parents think their child is getting enough sleep. “It is […]

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The Mental Health Crisis Among Girls.

  We live in a world of growing perfectionism. From selfies to photo shop, young people are under pressure. They are under pressure at school to perform due to our obsession with data driven learning. They are under pressure on social media – mocked, scorned and ridiculed […]

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Children in England are unhappier with their lives than those in 13 other countries

  I’m appearing on Sky News today discussing this: Children in England are unhappier with their lives than those in 13 other countries including Israel and South Africa, with only South Korea lagging behind according to a comprehensive international piece of research based on a survey of […]

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UK child death rate among worst in western Europe, say experts

I read with horror the article in today’s Guardian that the UK child death rate among worst in western Europe, say experts with only Malta having more deaths of children under five. Children in the UK are more likely to die before they reach their fifth birthday […]

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Empty Nest, Divorce & Surviving The Crazy Time……

  My 21 year old son rang for a catch up just before he was off with his Dad to watch Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. It was great to hear his voice, hear his news and to hear how busy he was juggling writing his dissertation, working […]

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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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Jamie Oliver has banned his kids from social media…..

Jamie Oliver has banned his children from social media – and in many families there is a constant battle between demands for privacy and safety. Here, parents share the lessons they have learned and the techniques they use. http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/nov/03/internet-children-parents-safety How do you cope? All out ban? I […]

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Join me on LBC Radio discussing how your kids will be worse off than you !

I was on LBC Radio today discussing the fact that today’s middle-class children are on track to be the first in more than a century to be materially less well off in adulthood than their parents, a government commission is expected to warn this week. Leaked findings […]

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Michael Gove axes six-week summer holidays for schools – what do YOU think?

As a former Deputy Head and class teacher for over 22 years I actually favour less holidays in the Summer as I always dreaded the first few weeks of the new Autumn Term – as kids had forgotten loads over the 6 week break. But where do you stand […]

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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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‘If you miscarry, there’s no way to say goodbye’

  I had the great honour of being invited by my friend Melanie to be with her on Friday as she had her first scan of her growing baby at 12 weeks. I can’t tell you the joy we both felt as Mel is 41 and this is her first longed […]

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Children who see parents drink “more likely” to binge drink themselves

I was interviewed by LBC Radio again today about the latest survey by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation about underage drinking. Here is the article in The Guardian http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2011/jun/17/children-parents-binge-alcohol For me it’s all about how you pass on your values, experiences and attitudes to everything and drinking is […]

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Stranger Danger 21st Century Style – Keeping Your Safe.

The days of not talking to strangers and not accepting sweets from them have long gone, as your child can make friends with people from around the global community in an instant. But how do you know who they are talking to and how do you monitor […]

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