I’m a parenting coach, author, speaker and parenting specialist. I am the director of Parent 4 Success, which I set up 6 years ago.
I’m lucky enough to appear regularly on BBC TV and Radio. I appeared on BBC Breakfast (with Charlie and Louise on the sofa). I have been interviewed on Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, The BBC World Service, and appear regularly on Sky News.
I have trained to run four different types of parenting courses, and use the most effective methods I’ve learned over the years on my courses and tailor-made parenting sessions.
I am so confident I can help, that I offer a guarantee: If you work with me one-to one, the parenting challenges you have will be solved or significantly reduced, or I’ll give your money back. I am the only parenting expert in the UK to offer this guarantee.
Prior to setting up Parent 4 Success, I gained over five years’ experience training and supervising Home-Start volunteers who give support and friendship to families experiencing difficulties with children under 5.
I trained in delivering adult education with a Certificate in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (CTLLS).
I started running parenting courses in 2000 and currently runs parenting courses in primary schools in Horsham. I have a huge wealth of experience helping parents with their parenting difficulties.
I also worked as a parenting specialist for the YMCA working with parents-to-be who had had abuse or neglect in the past to break the cycle.
I have four children of my own, with over 25 years’ parenting experience. I have first-hand experience of dealing with the demands of providing 24 hour care for children and all their challenges. I use the techniques I teach with all my children.
A bit of background
I live with my husband, Maurice, near Horsham. I have four children; Emily, Sophie, George and Katie. When my youngest child was born I had children aged 0, 2, 4 and 6, and have experienced first-hand the difficulties of fussy eaters, morning mayhem, bedtime battles, sleep problems and tantrums.
Born in Wimbledon, I was raised in Chertsey, Surrey. After completing her degree in Nursing at Kings College, London, I worked as a nurse. I became a Nursing Sister at Dulwich hospital, before taking a career break to raise my four children.
“I always knew I wanted to be at home with the children, but I found it much more tiring, frustrating and difficult than I had imagined. I knew that I wanted to be the best mother I could to my four children, so read loads of parenting books so I could develop my own skills as a mother.”
I went on to teach Positively Parenting classes in 2000, and worked for over five years for Home-Start.
“In March 2010 I was made redundant and within a fortnight needed an emergency back operation. During that time I decided that I wanted to follow the biggest passion in my life – Enabling parents to be the parents they want to be and have close, lasting relationships with their children. People have started to realise the sort of value I can offer to their family. So much so that the BBC now call on me as a parenting advisor to help.”
- Solihull Approach Parenting Programme Trainer
- Approved Educator for The Parent Practice
- Distinction in Parent Gym Academy
- Webster Stratton ‘Incredible years’ Parenting Trainer
- Certificate to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (CTLLS)
- BSc (hons) Nursing Studies
“These days I provide parenting help mostly through one-to-one sessions.
I find out what problems parents are having with their children and then plan a tailor-made parenting course for them to solve every problem they are having with each of their children.
Then I teach them the skills they need, either face to face or by Skype.”
I focus on helping parents develop their skills to help handle children’s behaviour and to put the fun back into family life.
I love leading parents on a journey during the course which helps them realise the values and attributes they want to pass on to their children and how they can be the family they want to be.
I want to help parents raise children with confidence, self-reliance, self-esteem and who can achieve their full potential.
I teach very practical skills to encourage cooperation, ensure good relationships between parent and child and manage challenging behaviour.
“My vision is to help one million children have a happier childhood in my lifetime,
through teaching their parents great parenting skills.”