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.
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.
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.
Lots of ideas
Lots of ideas about how to tackle the problems I face daily.
such positive feedback
We would like to invite you to provide an additional 2 seminars as we had such positive feedback from your visit.
seamless from start to finish
It has been a pleasure working with you and the whole process has been seamless from start to finish. As you know, we were working to quite a tight timeline and this required last minute changes to the media materials, it was therefore great to work with someone who understood these pressures and was happy to turn things around quickly.
such an engaging seminar
Thank you very much for running such an engaging seminar today – I received a lot of positive feedback from people as they were heading off at the end. And the big group of people you had at the end lining up to ask their own specific questions was also a testament too! It was a great session.
I just wanted to say what a brilliant session it was today at KPMG. I found everything you were talking about either relevant, or very interesting for the future.
Highly insightful with lots of hands-on tips for parents and all very well presented. Thanks for inviting such a knowledgeable speaker.
he is sleeping better
We have had a lot of success with our 4 year old son applying the positive approaches you suggested in your seminar last year. We have been able to really cut down on the shouting and he is sleeping better and improving at school.
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.
enormously supportive and encouraging
I found it enormously supportive and encouraging. There is so much out there about “doing crafts, home schooling, baking, family events” that can be quite intimidating – the usual problems with social media! I felt reassured by Anita when she talked about doing the best you can do – and being a safe place for your children.
inspirational and truly reflective
Many thanks for your excellent presentation last week. It provided an inspirational and truly reflective start to the day. It set the right tone and the feedback has been excellent; many staff saying it was one of the best inset presentations they have had.