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books by parenting expert Anita Cleare

The Work/Parent Switch

by Anita Cleare

Not sure where to start? Read the book. Be the parent your child needs (and still hold down your job).

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About Anita Cleare

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Anita Cleare is a parenting speaker, writer and coach and co-founder of the Positive Parenting Project.

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Thinking Parenting blog

Being a good parent is not about getting it all right all of the time – fuel for thinking parents

Thinking Parenting Blog

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How parents’ self-esteem affects children

Self-esteem naturally ebbs and flows throughout life. Many parents find that their self-esteem takes a dive when they have young children, for example. Children make huge demands on our time and that...

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The reality of being a teenage girl today

As a parent, it is easy to make assumptions about today’s teenagers and their lives. However, the pressures faced by teens – and especially by teenage girls – are intense and what...

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Wellbeing snacks: the answer to parental burnout?

Spoiler alert: wellbeing snacks are nothing to do with food. There are no pastries or packets of crisps in this article. And I won’t be giving you permission to eat chocolate (unless it’s...

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The efficiency trap

In my book, The Work/Parent Switch, I talk about the problem of ‘efficiency thinking’. The efficiency mindset is a task-oriented approach to time that is incredibly useful for getting...

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Successful co-parenting: how to overcome different parenting styles

When parents disagree about parenting, it can be confusing for children and easy to get stuck in a cycle of blame and recriminations. This 60-minute session is full of practical strategies to help you find common ground and agree a joint approach.

[For co-parents who are living together or apart]

Price £15

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Using ‘Story Time’ to understand your child better

Children don’t always open up when asked direct questions. Here is a demonstration of a neat idea for finding out what your child is thinking and feeling by using books and story time.

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£15 (45 minute video)

Building Children's Self-Esteem

This essential webinar provides practical strategies for helping children feel good about themselves, encouraging a growth mindset, supporting goal-setting and challenging negative thinking.

[ages 3-13 years]

Price £15

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Supporting children’s emotional well-being during Covid-19

Right now one of the most important things we can be doing for our children is to hold a safe space for their emotions and help them bounce back from difficult feelings. Here are some quick tips on how parents can help.

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Scowls, outbursts & sarcasm? (how to communicate positively with teens)

Practical tips on how parents can keep communication channels open with teenagers. Plus, how to manage emotional teenagers and reduce conflict.

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£15 (1 hr video tutorial)

My child won't do what they're asked!

Does your child ignore you when you ask them to do something? Or just say No? Do you find yourself shouting or getting stuck in a negative cycle of recriminations? This video tutorial is packed with practical tips on encouraging children to do what they’re asked, when they’re asked.

Can't recommend enough

Can't recommend enough. Fun, interactive and practical sessions providing lots of opportunity for discussion. Anita is very experienced and highly engaging offering insights and guidance on many of the daily challenges we face as parents.

Seminar attendee

A weight off my shoulders

I left feeling as if a weight was lifted off my shoulders (guilt from unrealistic expectations of myself)

Parenting clinic attendee

cannot recommend Anita enough

The sessions were lively, fun and interactive as well as offering lots of practical advice and take always. I cannot recommend Anita enough

Michaela Gibson, Dive In Festival

It was a revelation

It was like someone swapped my children for nicer ones. Amazing what a difference a shift in my attitude made. My two were fighting all day and I was shouting all day, now they play nicely MOST of the time and I am a calm parent MOST of the time! It was a revelation.

Seminar attendee

interactive and engaging

it was one of the best parenting / work-life seminars I have attended. Even through a dial-in in Edinburgh, it was well-delivered, interactive and engaging.

webinar participant

more fun and caring relationship

I have learnt so much about myself and my actions. I have a better understanding of what my children need and we already have a better, calmer, more fun and caring relationship.

parent coachee