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How to parent smarter not harder.

The Work/Parent Switch

by Anita Cleare

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

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

How to talk to anxious children, Thinking Parenting Blog by Anita Cleare

How to talk to children about anxiety and stress

Talking to children about anxiety and stress in a way that they understand is a really useful skill for parents to learn. This quick 3-minute video talks about using imagery that appeals to your...

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Are you a parent stuck in work-mode?

For most working parents, our work-mode involves a big helping of what I call ‘efficiency thinking’. You know the type of thinking I mean? ‘To Do’ list thinking that is always two...

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Are you over-parenting and doing too much for your children?

Working parents often worry that we’re not doing ‘enough’ for our children. That we are working too much and parenting too little. Wracked with guilt that work is getting in the...

'Getting teenagers into a routine' by parenting expert Anita Cleare - photo of a teenagers lying on the floor listening to music

Getting teenagers into a routine

Getting teenagers into a routine is a topic that frequently comes up in my discussions with parents of teenagers. And especially so around exams and during the recent coronavirus homeschooling /...

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How free play can give parents free time

Free play is a win-win for time-poor parents. It enhances children’s development and takes pressure off busy parents. This short video explains how you can get a little more free time as a parent while, at the same time, building your child’s intelligence and creativity. Sounds too good to be true? Here’s how to do it!

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Weds 25th Nov 8.30pm

Chalk & Cheese Parenting? (overcoming different parenting styles)

How to agree a joint approach when you have different parenting styles. Practical pointers on holding solution-focused discussions, reducing conflict and how to talk without bllaming.

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£15 (1 hr video tutorial)

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