About Elizabeth

Elizabeth O'Shea Parenting ExpertElizabeth is the Director of Parent 4 Success. And as a parenting specialist, appears regularly on BBC TV and Radio.

She appeared on BBC1 Breakfast (with Charlie and Louise on the sofa).

She has been interviewed on Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, The BBC World Service,  and appears regularly on Sky News.

She has trained to run numerous different types of parenting courses. She uses the most effective methods she’s learned over the years on her courses and tailor-made parenting sessions.

Her teachings are so effective she now offers a guarantee that when you work with her one-to-one, your parenting problems will be solved or significantly reduced, or she’ll give your money back. She is the only parenting expert in the UK to offer this guarantee.

Prior to setting up Parent 4 Success, she gained over five years’ experience training and supervising Home-Start volunteers who  give support and friendship to families experiencing difficulties with children under 5.

Elizabeth is trained in delivering adult education with a Certificate in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (CTLLS).

She started running parenting courses in 2000 and currently runs parenting courses in primary schools in Horsham. She has a huge wealth of experience helping parents with their parenting  difficulties.

Elizabeth 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.

She has four children of her own, with over 20 years’ parenting experience. She has first-hand experience of dealing with the demands of providing 24 hour care for children and all their challenges. She uses the techniques she teaches with all her children.

A bit of background

Elizabeth lives with her husband, Maurice, near Horsham. She has four children; Emily, Sophie, George and Katie. When her youngest child was born she had children aged 0, 2, 4 and 6, and has experienced first-hand the difficulties of fussy eaters, morning mayhem, bedtime battles, sleep problems and tantrums.

Born in Wimbledon, Elizabeth was raised in Chertsey, Surrey. After completing her degree in Nursing at Kings College, London, she worked as a nurse. She became a Nursing Sister at Dulwich hospital, before taking a career break to raise her 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.”
(Elizabeth O’Shea)

Elizabeth went on to teach Positively Parenting classes in 2000, and returned to nursing helping nurses back to the NHS, and working in Accident and Emergency. She then 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.”

Parenting styles Elizabeth trained in.

  • The Solihull Approach ‘Understanding your Child’s Behaviour’ course, focusses on strategies and solutions for responding to children’s behaviour, improves interactions with children and helps parents recognise and respond to their own and their children’s feelings.
  • The Parent Practice run 10-week ‘Positive Parenting’ courses in London focussing on parenting skills such as descriptive praise, emotion coaching, positive discipline and being in charge. Elizabeth is licensed to run their courses in West Sussex and Surrey.
  • Parent Gym is a series of six workshops proven to increase parents’ skills and confidence and to improve the behaviour and well-being of their children. Elizabeth is a volunteer coach for the charity, who run courses in primary schools in areas of multiple deprivation and online.
  • The Webster Stratton ‘Incredible years’ 12-week programme, uses video modelling, role play formal teaching and open discussions to help parents learn about play, praise and communication, rewards, limit setting, time out and consequences.

“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.”

Helping Parents

Elizabeth focusses on helping parents develop their skills to help handle children’s behaviour and to put the fun back into family life.

She loves 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.

She wants to help parents raise children with confidence, self-reliance, self-esteem and who can achieve their full potential.

She teaches 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.”
(Elizabeth O’Shea)

Call today on: 01403 839683 or Contact Elizabeth here

Elizabeth O'Shea