Working With Sue Atkins

“One of the greatest gifts I have ever given myself is to work with a good coach. Sue has been a constant source of inspiration, motivation, encouragement and support and she has a great sense of humour and is good fun ! With her kind, firm and sometimes blunt guidance, I now have clarity in my parenting for the first time and lots of practical strategies and techniques to translate my hopes for our family into reality. She has helped me navigate the choppy waters, held me up when I am down and cheered me on when I am on a roll. She has kept me accountable to myself, taught me new skills, and reminded me to value myself – unreservedly ! I feel so much more confident and positive and so my sincerest thanks to her for all she has done for me “

Emily Jackson Mother of 3 from Canada

“Funny how I kept saying how I had no time – and you helped me find it! Working with you Sue is one of the best decisions I have ever made – both for my business, for my own personal growth and for my family life balance. Thanks for being there for me!”

Catherine Wright Working Mother of Sam and Joe Pimlico London

I feel that working with Sue, I’ve been able to receive real clarity about my personal and professional life. I’m able to achieve my goals much easier and keep a more balanced and efficient lifestyle. I’ve been able to develop new courage to take on difficult challenges and know that the decisions I’m making are intelligent ones based on the facts and not just my emotions. It’s been an adventure and a steep leaning curve but also a really positive step in the right direction propelling my business forward as well as finally balancing my family life successfully.


Sean Ryan father of Niamh, Katy and Peter from Dublin

“Sue your impact has been tremendous. As a parent coach, you have helped me focus on my dreams, prioritise my activities, and helped me become much more patient. From a personal coaching perspective, you have been a fantastic sounding board, and you have helped me understand issues from many different perspectives particularly from my teenage daughter’s point of view. You also have a gift for stripping away the layers of an issue and getting to the heart of the matter, where it can be solved. You have gently but firmly pushed me when I needed it most, and that has made a world of difference in both the personal and professional aspects of my life. For that, I sincerely thank you

Jonathan Barratt father of Jack and Sarah from Guildford Surrey

“You have boundless enthusiasm” Colin Fines Business Manager Nat West East Grinstead.

“Sue is an energised, caring professional who has years of experience working with both children and parents. She is wise, supportive and such fun to be around. Sue makes you think about how else you could be doing things! An expert in her field.”

Dorothy Larios Director of The Rest of your Life


“Sue is one of the most remarkable women I’ve ever worked with. As a parent coach she is direct with thoughtful insights. As a life coach she is motivating and inspiring. Sue is reliable, talented, with a remarkable ability to cut to the heart of the matter. Her energy and humour are contagious!”

Karen Molan Director of Skills Quest, Cashel, Ireland

“Sue has to be one of the most motivational people I know. She has an amazing spark that just rubs off on you. I can’t recall a time I have been in her company when I haven’t come away feeling pumped and raring to go. Sue is non-judgemental. Her advice is spot-on and insightful, and has always worked – no matter whether you feel it is on a major or minor issue. Simply put, Sue’s advice makes sense

Lindsey Columbell Director of Bojangle Communications Ltd

“Sue is very intuitive. She not only knows the problems that parents face whilst bringing up their children, she understands them.

Helen Grover mother of Jake and Simon aged 9 and 11

“Sue is a very unique individual her passion is children’s development and she gave me some very good advice in regards my very own children. Thank you Sue.”

Leon Hutchinson Director of Teams Trade

“Sue was immediately giving and supportive – thank you to an excellent lady.”

Bob Bowen Sales Director of Ezylet

Sue’s passion to see children grow into their wonderful potential is clear, as soon as you start talking with her. Prepare to be bowled over with her enthusiasm and energy!”

Neil Denny Mogers Solicitors in Bath


“I was going to start by saying I really enjoyed my sessions with Sue, but that wouldn’t be entirely true! At times the coaching was extremely uncomfortable and even painful, as some of my thought patterns and beliefs were challenged. It isn’t easy moving out of one’s comfort zone, but it is rewarding. I learnt to see small things that I had achieved, rather than the big things I hadn’t. The sessions reminded me that there are always options in life, and it’s all about the choices I make, I need to make the choices that put me in control. It was really interesting seeing various situations in my life from a different tangent and I found it fun learning to think “outside the box”.

Throughout this journey, Sue was supportive and encouraging. She has shown me a number of tools that I can use in the weeks and months ahead to keep me thinking and continually regaining control when life seems to be spinning away from me. I especially liked the “Wheel of Life” and “PEST Control”, you will find out all about these in your sessions with Sue.

Derryn Thomas Teacher from South Africa


“I get a lot out of our sessions together as the coaching makes me realise what’s important to me and stops things floating around all fuzzy – I get clarity and new perspectives and I feel more confident.”

Hannah Pope Mum of 2 from Dorking

“I now have clarity in my parenting for the first time and lots and lots of practical strategies and ideas that have given me back my confidence and bounce again! A great investment – thank you so much”

Rebecca Blunt – Essex

“Wow – what a great investment this has been for our family – thank you so much”

Sheila McMillen – New Addington, Surrey

“I just wanted to say a big thank you for giving me back my enthusiasm and confidence. Since listening to your CDs and jotting down my ideas I am really enjoying bringing up my great kids again”

Liz Steadman – Cardiff

“Fantastic! That’s all I can say – I have loads more ideas, really great strategies that work and loads more confidence Thanks very much for your toolkit – it was well worth the investment!”

Liz – Manchester

“This toolkit is brilliant!”

Martin Shaw – London

‘Raising Happy Children for Dummies’ Book

Weybridge, Cobham, Esher and Walton & Hersham News & Mail, Wednesday 23rd May 2007

“the`handbook’ that every parent needs.”

Best Magazine , Tuesday 30th October 2007
“an outstanding book…goes straight to the heart of what our children need from us.”

“I am qualified social worker and I think this book is excellent for all parents, including myself, and will use the book for useful reading for those who I work with!” Pat Thompson a Social Worker from Huddersfield

“Dear Sue
I would like to say a big thank you for the positive input your book has had on my family.

Being a single mother of two young boys (7 and 10 years) is not easy. I have always been worried about the effect of the difficult divorce may have had on them. Let alone everyday life.

I needed guidance and helpful advice, which is what is exactly what your book provides. It is so easy to pick out the information you need at that time without having to read all the book in one go.

I still regularly dip in and out of it. My relationship with my boys is so much stronger; we now have a content and positive family unit.
In fact it has helped us to develop into a fun, happy friendship as well, filled with love.

Your book has really helped me become the confident parent I am now!!”

Thank you
Christine Wise ~ Mum from East Grinstead

“Sue’s book is an excellent read. Congratulations to her for addressing a complex subject in an easy way.”


Himanshu Tripathi father from Tunbridge Wells Kent

“When I first heard that Sue Atkins had published a parenting book I was so excited. Without ever having read it I knew it would be brilliant as I knew it would be packed full of all Sue’s unique and successful practical parenting ideas. When I read the book I was astounded at how she was able to take such a large and complex subject and break it down into easy to read understandable sections. It’s wonderfully comprehensive as it covers all ages from toddlers to teens so effectively and as a parent I couldn’t ask for a better resource in my home. So thanks Sue and keep up the great work!”

Karen Molan NLP Trainer and Consultant.

“This book represents timeless wisdom from someone with
not only the knowledge and experience but, more importantly, the dedication and passion for parents and their children. You’ll search far to find a more relevant and timely introduction to the real issues facing families today in our manic and often confused society. The Home Office should buy up the whole stock and deliver a copy free to every household in the land.”

Tom Purcell South Africa


A big ‘Thankyou’ for letting me have the chance to read the 1st Chapter of your book.  It is definately a book to buy!

What I really loved was that it reassured me that actually, despite all the doubts in my mind, I seem to be on the right track.

I’m blessed with two daughters who are at the wonderful ages of 9 and 11.

Have always believed that it is my job as a parent  to do myself out of a job if that makes sense!  Set clear boundaries and values and help them find their uniqueness and individuality as they grow towards independence.

Your book is so helpful in looking at issues like this, so I look forward to reading the rest of it.

Thanks again Sue,

Carolyn Hughes ~ Mum from Northern Ireland


This is a beautifully written, upbeat and inspiring book with a real heart.

You really feel Sue’s compassion, empathy and parenting expertise coming out on every single page. She neither patronises you nor makes you feel inadequate as a parent but instead dispenses the kind of parental worldly wisdom mixed with some great coaching tips that have made her a genuine parenting expert.

As I was reading through this book last night, I found myself wishing that I’d had it when my two boys were very young. So many things I could have done better with a dose of Sue Atkins to help. Often with books of this nature you either get a celebrity aeroplane read – lots of filler and fluff but very little else or, an academic tome that has to be re-read several times before you get its gist.

This is a book that really is packed full of parenting tips, wisdom and advice that any parent can resonate with and implement provided they are willing of course to make some changes and improvements to their parenting style and approach.

I really loved the sections on how to improve your relationship with your partner and how to connect with your kids as they get older. It really is a fabulous book that should be on the bedside table of every parent or guardian, well thumbed, highlighted and dogeared!

~ Dee Blick Mum and author of ‘The Ultimate Small Business Marketing Book’

If you’ve ever looked at your kids and thought ‘What did I do wrong?’, then this is the book for you!

If you’ve ever looked at your kids and thought ‘Aren’t my kids just great?’, then this is the book for you!

Parenting expert Sue Atkins provides invaluable insight and advice to help you as you tackle the tough job of parenting.

Practical and easy to read,the book is full of positive techniques that will guide you through your parenting issues. Whatever stage your children are at, you will find help suggestions and ideas that will benefit the whole family. Despite being the most rewarding job, parenting can be hard work, so buy the book and give yourself a helping hand!

C. Hughes


 This book is excellent value for money. It is very down to earth and easy to read. You can read it from cover to cover, as I have done, or you can dip into it as and when you need to. It is very comprehensive in its subject contents and Sue really knows her subject well.

The best thing about this book is that it even has a chapter wholly dedicated to raising children with special needs. This excellent and well written chapter covers all that you will need on your journey in easy to read and digest points. Sue covers reactions to your child’s diagnosis, adapting to the changes you will face as you bring your special child up and how to get the support you need. (plus much more).

It goes through what you can expect from schools and how to deal with the frustration and exhaustion that often goes alongside fighting for the best for your child in every setting along the way.

The bullet points that Sue writes are really useful and make the information she imparts easy to digest and to remember.

This book is excellent for dipping into when you have a particular problem that you are seeking answers to. For example, coping with bullying, bedwetting and going through puberty.

 I really enjoyed reading this book and have found it a wonderful resource for giving me ideas as a parent to do the best for my mainstream child and my special needs child. Sue also has an App for the iPad and iPhone that you can purchase from her website. Well worth checking out.

Sally Huggett BSc Dip He RN ~ Editor in Chief The LIME Magazine for children with special needs

www.limemag.co.uk | www.digbyandsprout.co.uk | www.thecarer.org | www.ict4autism.org



“Hi Sue

I have to just write a quick note to say what a brilliant and powerful newsletter this one is on bringing up confident teenagers – your best yet! It gives some real practical tools which people can relate to and hopefully use.”

Sheila Steptoe Motivational Speaker and Author of “Before I Get Old and Wrinkly”

“Sue -Thanks for this newsletter on Divorce – it’s so relevant to me right now – this is an issue that I face at the very moment with my wonderful 8-year-old Victoria, I really don’t know where to start. Your words of advice have given me a much more positive feeling to tackling such a sensitive issue.

It’s been a long time since we’ve spoken and I’ve never forgotten your kindness, supportive words and genuine sincerity – thank you!

Keep up the fantastic work you do, helping us parents to be even better at the most important job in the world!!

Nial Adams ~ Director & Consultant Positive-Response.net

“Dear Sue

Thank you for your newsletter articles they are great and have a real sense of humour as well as practical and achievable ideas for parents.”

Jackie Bacon www.parentsintouch.co.uk


Workshops for Parents

“I got loads of positive ideas that work. It showed me how to step back and re-assess what I’m doing”

Helen Reynolds from Ashurst Wood, West Sussex

“Thank you for a riveting day with so many helpful ideas and strategies. It showed me how to step back and reassess what I’m doing. Before the course I felt confused and lacking in confidence. Now I feel much clearer. I will definitely recommend this great experience to others. The course content was great, Sue – thank

Nicky Carlisle: Horsham, Sussex

“The day made me really stop and look at my parenting – what I do well and what I could do to improve my relationships with my kids. It’s given me a real boost of confidence”

Elaine Roebuck: Cranleigh, Surrey

“Wow – no more tantrums!!! I feel much closer to Daniel
and am now enjoying our time together. I feel so much more in control. It’s a stress free toddler future!!!”

Neil Bennett: Brighton, East Sussex

“Just wanted to thank you for the course on Saturday. I had a very interesting day with loads and loads of information inspiring me to get on better with my teenage daughter. It was great to meet so many lovely people.”

Gillian Adams: Hove, East Sussex

Workshops for Kids

Sue from Positive Parents= Confident Kids gave a most inspirational and thought provoking session to my New Year 9 pupils. It is very difficult for a pupil moving from the top year of a prep school into an established senior school year group and I used Positive-Parents to help ease this transition. Twenty seven new pupils and ten current pupils were given a fresh and relaxed look at the daunting experiences facing them. The major concerns of each child were tackled with sensitivity and humour. Every child was encouraged to take the opportunity to face up to these concerns and to seek out solutions before the new tem started. I am sure their experiences has had a major influence because four weeks on, our new pupils are happy, motivated and above settled in their new school. Thank you Positive=Parents.

Andrew Taylor Head of Year 9 Caterham Senior School in Surrey

“Sue’s workshops with kids are truly inspirational. We saw the transformation in our son after only a fun filled day with Sue and for that we are eternally grateful. He now seems to stand taller, speak louder and have more fun in his life”

Shona McDonald from Poole in Dorset

“Fantastic! That’s all I can say. My son had a great time and has come home excited, upbeat and full of genuine inner confidence. He’s learnt strategies, and techniques to make himself feel more confident in stressful and nervous situations which I know he’ll always remember – specially the one about the duck!!”

Yasmin Patel mum of Mahesh and Maya from Southall

“I had a lot of fun and learnt loads”

Sophie Eaton aged 7

“Thanks for teaching me about spinning up the colours and stepping into my circle of confidence – that was really cool.”

Hayden Longhorn aged 15

“I thought the One Point was a cool thing to do so I’ll try it at home when my mum gets on to me about tidying my bedroom”

Joe Day aged 13

“I liked the sandwiches and the music and the tapping as it made me feel good”

Lola Sinclair aged 10

Sue is a great inspiration. Her work has helped a lot of parents and children. Keep it up Sue 🙂

Seema Thobhani Kidz4Mation Ltd Child Coach



Testimonials for Teacher – focused coaching

I just wanted to take a moment to let you know about the positive impact your bespoke teacher-focused coaching is having on my life.

After just a few weeks of coaching I feel like I’ve got to know myself and my staff a lot better. I am really living life to the full and my career is moving to the next level.

At first I was a little sceptical – I’ve seen Tony Robbins, read some books on self development and have a B.Ed degree, and so didn’t really know if coaching would make much of an impact on my life.
But, it has clearly made a very big difference and I am so grateful to you. Not only has it provided me with a return on investment, I really know the direction I want to take my school now and the path forward is very clear.
My advice to anyone who is thinking about having coaching with you is to pick up the phone and call you right now – they have so much to gain for such a small investment.”

Charlotte Roberts Year 1 Teacher from Surrey

‘I totally recommend coaching with Sue. She is so positive and encouraging, and consistent. With her support, I’ve achieved things I never thought possible for myself

Mel Thomas Deputy Head from Surrey