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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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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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Back-to-school Parenting Resolutions

The start of the school year is a time of new beginnings for families. It’s the perfect time to think of some resolutions for the coming academic year. Perhaps you want to make more time for...

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Teaching boys about consent

Like many parents, I was shocked by recent revelations about sexual violence and harassment in UK schools. The tragic killing of Sarah Everard opened the floodgates for women to talk about not...

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Top 10 books for teaching children about sex

Talking to children about bodies and bits and how they fit together isn’t always easy. The earlier you start and the more relaxed you are about it, the easier it will be (see Talking to...

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10 mini coaching sessions

Lighten the Motherload

‘Lighten the Motherload’ is a free course of 10 mini coaching sessions containing 10 simple tools to help you dial down stress and overwhelm and wave goodbye to shouty mummy.

Each session takes less than 5 minutes so perfect for squeezing into a busy life!

Available for a Limited time only!

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Tues 21st Sept 8pm (BST)

Mental Health First Aid Skills for Parents

As a parent, it can be really hard to know the best ways to respond if your child is struggling with their mental health. What should you say? What shouldn’t you say? How can you help?

Join parenting expert and author Anita Cleare in conversation with emotional health practitioner Jo Morton-Brown for essential tips and an opportunity to get your parenting questions answered!

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£15 (1 hr video)

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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FREE (10 minutes)

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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FREE (10 minutes)

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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£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