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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).

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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What children need most from their parents

Even before Covid-19, many working parents were already conflicted about what children need most from us, and how to prioritise between work and family. We are a generation of parents who are working...

Best books to teach children social skills: phot of 'I'll Wait, Mr Panda book cover

Best books to teach children social skills (2-7yrs)

The absolute best way for children to learn social skills is through practice. Young children needs lots of opportunities to play with other kids – older, younger and the same age. There will...

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Balancing work and parenting when working from home

Working from home has lots of advantages. There’s no commute, you can be much more available for unexpected family circumstances, and the uniform is a lot comfier! But that blending of work and...

How to talk to children about anxiety, blog by Anita Cleare

How to talk to children about anxiety and stress

Learning how to talk 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...

'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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Parenting in a time of uncertainty

I didn’t imagine myself writing this blog post. It wasn’t on my planner. I’ve spent the last few months writing about the various parenting challenges of Covid-19 (working from...

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Homeschooling tips for weary parents working from home

Even before Covid-19, most working parents were already at full tilt trying to balance work and parenting – and not always feeling like we were succeeding. Being a full-time teacher on top of...

Low cost no-prep indoor play ideas for young children

Getting outside with children is great for their development as well as for overall family well-being. But there are times when it just can’t be done. And, with the current Covid-19 coronavirus...

how to work from home and look after children at the same time

How to work from home and look after children at the same time

Working from home sounds like a great idea. There’s no commute, no distractions, you can dress down and you’ll never miss the postman. But what if you have to work from home and look...

photo of child playing on phone to illustrate blog by parenting expert Anita Cleare on How much tech time is too much tech time?

How much tech time is too much tech time?

“How much tech time is too much tech time?” is one of the questions I am most frequently asked by parents. The potential impacts of excessive screen time has been a big concern for...

20 low tech family tog post by parenting expert Anita Cleare (photo of kids in the woods)

20 low tech family time ideas

The coronavirus restrictions in 2020 resulted in a surge in screen time for children and teenagers. Online schooling, plus reduced opportunities for socialising and the closure of many venues, left...

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Managing children’s tech time during Covid-19

Join parenting expert Anita Cleare in this Facebook Live to share ideas on how parents can manage children’s tech time during Covid-19 and promote a balanced childhood.

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Meeting Family Needs During Lockdown 3

With the arrival of the third wave of coronavirus in the UK, the prospect of home-schooling and juggling work and parenting is more daunting than ever. Especially given working parents’ already high levels of exhaustion.

Practical tips for working parents on parenting smarter not harder, managing stress and supporting children’s learning & development

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How to work from home with children

Trying to work from home while parenting (during a stressful pandemic!) isn't easy. But there are things you can do that will make your days a bit easier.

This tutorial is packed with practical ideas on organising your day, setting expectations and boundaries, managing stress and supporting children's development (while also getting your work done).

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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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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.

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