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The Parent Practice

Enabling parents to bring out the best in their children 

Hi there, welcome to The Parent Practice

We all know that children don’t arrive with an instruction manual. Yet so many parents feel they should instinctively know everything about how to raise a calm,happy and thriving family.

We’ve lost count of the number of times worried Mums and Dads have said to us: “If I do parenting skills training, isn’t that an admission that I’ve failed as a parent?”

Well, if you apply that logic, then going to university means you’re a dunce!

Quite the opposite is true. Being open to learning in any context strengthens our natural abilities and equips us with valuable new skills and understanding.

And when that skill and understanding helps you communicate more effectively with your children, you enjoy the best possible outcome – happier, calmer kids and a more peaceful and rewarding family life.

If you’re looking for practical ways to deal with the issues that parents commonly face in bringing up children, you're in the right place.

The Parent Practice has been offering training for parents and helping to create a happier childhood and brighter future for children since 2004.

Working face-to-face with parents every day through our parenting coaching, we understand the issues parents struggle with – and we know which solutions really work.

• Our material is built on the latest thinking in parenting methods and child development
• But theory is only as good as the results it delivers so we family-test every bit of guidance in our parenting programmes in busy homes.
Our team has supported and enabled thousands of parents with children of all ages, from toddlers to teenagers.
• The techniques in our parents training have been known to work on children of the ‘grown up’ variety too!

If you’d like to become the best parent you can be and see your children blossom, our flexible range of parental training courses, workshops and private consultations are the ideal way forward. You can learn with us individually (and have our full attention), or else in a supportive group. You can now also learn online in the privacy of your home, at times to suit you.

Whichever way you choose to absorb parenting training, you’ll receive loads of support as you apply the strategies to your family life.
Enhancing your parenting skills is proof of your commitment to your children and the importance you attach to being a great, Mum, Dad, grandparent or carer.

We only get one opportunity to raise our children... Let's give it our best shot!

Love from Melissa, Elaine and the team.

PS – We have loads of free parenting resources on our website so please have a browse. When you’re ready to take your skills to the next level and enrol in training for parents, sign up for one of our parenting workshops or drop us a line to discuss your needs.

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what clients say

We have a busy household with 3 kids age 2,6 & 8. Elaine and The Parent Practice have been part of our lives dipping in and out for the last 5 years. What a wonderful support system and how refreshing to step into a class or phone Elaine and find incredibly basic skills which turn your life around! Thanks to The Parent Practice we have come out of testing times feeling really proud of what we have achieved as parents and how lucky we are to be on this journey with our brood.

Emma and Mark Owen, Take That


I believe The Parent Practice engages parents in a world of value and principle-led parenting that can lead to emotional literacy and healthy relationships for parents and their children. This is such a valuable thing in a world that has taught some in the past to be more concerned about results, which so often misses the essence of learning.

Adrian Floyd, Headmaster, Finton House School, South West London


I just wanted to say a big thank you to both of you for your work with us over the last 9 months or so. You have truly transformed the quality of some of our people's lives and changed the relationship they have with their children. We have seen the feedback. And there is no price to be put on this. The parent practice made an important contribution to our company being awarded a place in The Sunday Times Top 100 companies to work for as we focus on supporting our parents. So a big thank you.

Liz Nottingham, Talent Office and HR Director Starcom Mediavest


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68 Thurleigh Road
London SW12 8UD

Phone: 0208 673 3444