Anita Cleare (MA AdvDip) is a parenting speaker, writer and coach and co-founder of The Positive Parenting Project. She has two children and two grown up step-children.
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 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 an Adv.Dip.(Child Development) 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 is a regular speaker 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.
Follow Anita on Twitter where she tweets as @thinking_parent.
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.
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.
cannot recommend Anita enough
The sessions were lively, fun and interactive as well as offering lots of practical advice and take aways. I cannot recommend Anita enough and hope we will be able to use her again.
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.
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.
warmth and humour
It was really helpful positive advice and you delivered it with warmth and humour. Thank you
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.