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.
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...
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!
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.
Fabulous, really helpful and covered a lot of ground. I could have had a 4-5hr session! Thank you very much.
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!
the feedback was incredible
Amazing session! So wonderful having you back, the feedback was incredible and thank you for all your helpful advice, as always!
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!
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.
Thank you so much for your insightful and inspirational presentation. It made me think and reflect on my approach.
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.
interactive and engaging
it was one of the best parenting / work-life seminars I have attended. Even through a dial-in in Edinburgh, it was well-delivered, interactive and engaging.