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.
thank you so much for your support during the Mind Health and Emotional Wellbeing day at Roche last week. Your Positive Parenting Seminars were very topical to our day...
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.
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.
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.
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.
expert in your field
Your expertise, credibility and objectivity will enable us to land these key messages in a far stronger way - I have had nothing but amazing feedback from the session we ran at HH where the audience felt you were not only expert in your field but also very engaging and personable
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.
a light on the other side of the dark tunnel
As a working parent, a mother of 14-month-old boy, I feel the information/guidance you mentioned today like a light on the other side of the dark tunnel to me.
practical and hopeful
Anita was, as always, an excellent speaker and I found the session very helpful and reassuring... Unlike some other parenting coaches, Anita is always realistic about what working parents can achieve and her advice is always practical and hopeful.
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!
It helped me understand how my children think and how to handle their behaviour better. Thank you.
Fabulous, really helpful and covered a lot of ground. I could have had a 4-5hr session! Thank you very much.