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 will be published by Vermilion Books in 2020.
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 a 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.
would definitely recommend
I would definitely recommend this to a colleague. It was far more valuable than I ever expected.
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.
really enjoyed your talk
I really enjoyed your talk today at Credit Suisse... You set a goal of people leaving with one or two ideas they could put into practice and I know I’ve got a bunch that I’ll try.
massive improvement in family life
I am pleased to tell you that we really have seen a massive improvement in family life and have all adjusted well to the changes we've put in place... [our son] as a result is in a much happier place and looking forward to his summer and starting school. He really is doing well!
an expert speaker
Anita is a very engaging and experienced speaker, blending parenting theory with practical advice and responding thoughtfully to the many questions raised by the participants. I highly recommend her as an expert speaker on parenting topics.
looking forward to the next session
Thank you so much for a great session – we are so pleased with how it went. We've received really positive feedback and people are looking forward to the next session already!
session was excellent – great presenter who did a fantastic job with her real-life no-nonsense approach, good turnout and some good questions/engagement
It helped me understand how my children think and how to handle their behaviour better. Thank you.
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.
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.
such positive feedback
We would like to invite you to provide an additional 2 seminars as we had such positive feedback from your visit.
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.