Anita Cleare (MA AdvDip) is a parenting speaker, writer and coach and co-founder of The Positive Parenting Project. Her first book, The Work/Parent Switch is published by Vermilion Books.
Anita started her career in international development, spending four and a half years in Mongolia where she went through both of her pregnancies. (Her eldest son learnt to say ‘mummy’ in Mongolian before he said it in English!). Anita also spent time in Hungary and Kazakhstan.
After becoming a single parent, Anita changed careers. She worked as a strategic manager in a local authority children’s services for nine years, setting up and managing early intervention, targeted and specialist family support services including Sure Start Children’s Centres, parent support lines, teenage pregnancy prevention projects and intensive family support. She has studied developmental psychology (child development) to postgraduate level and is an accredited Triple P (Positive Parenting Programme)® parenting coach.
In 2012 Anita founded The Positive Parenting Project, a social enterprise which aims to bring the benefits of proven, evidence-based parenting strategies to as many parents (and children) as possible. Anita speaks at events across the country and delivers parenting seminars, workshops and one-to-one support. She is a regular on TV and radio.
Fascinated by children and how they develop, Anita has a talent for helping parents view their children and their own parenting strategies from different angles. She is adamant that there is no such thing as a perfect parent and says her ambition with her own children is simply not to make the same mistakes too often.
Anita has two children and two grown up step-children. Follow her on Twitter where she tweets as @thinking_parent.
a lot of value
I found a lot of value out of the session and it gave me specific actions and next steps as to how to deal with the issue... It's great to be able to have a private impartial discussion about my children.
The session was brilliant. Having the opportunity for a group session (to know you are not alone) followed by a 1:1 was great. I didn’t shout once at my children last night or this morning and they behaved brilliantly.
Highly insightful with lots of hands-on tips for parents and all very well presented. Thanks for inviting such a knowledgeable speaker.
expert in your field
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would definitely recommend
I would definitely recommend this to a colleague. It was far more valuable than I ever expected.
thought-provoking and authentic
Just wanted to drop you a quick line to say thanks for the seminar at the bank today. I found it really thought-provoking and authentic and I'll certainly be putting some of your recommended tips into action!
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.
open and honest
Very good presenter - clear points and clear slides. The speaker was very knowledgeable, open and honest
wise and reassuring
Just wanted to drop you a line to say thank you so much for a your hard work on this project. You were fantastic, a very wise and reassuring presence.
our session really helped
I'm really pleased to let you know that the strategies we chatted through have been successful - in such a short space of time.
A weight off my shoulders
I left feeling as if a weight was lifted off my shoulders (guilt from unrealistic expectations of myself)
improved interactions with my children
This has really improved interactions with my children, improving home life and allowing me to make better choices for my children. I can now more easily embrace the fact that I am a working mum and this provides opportunities and challenges for my family which allows my children to develop and grow rather than something to feel guilty about.