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The Parenting Partnership

Muddy says: We love this lifeline to parents which offers courses, workshops and one-to-one consultations that give you the tools to raise confident, happy and resilient kids.

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The Parenting Partnership is your fairy godmother for the hardest job you’ll probably ever do. Based in the Cotswolds, it’s the brainchild of two dynamic women (and mothers), Heather Rutherford and Andrea ‘Panda’ Worrall, whose passion for spreading positive parenting skills runs deep. With four children between them of varying ages, they have first-hand experience of the trials and tribulations of bringing up small people and offer courses that focus on supporting parents in managing these challenges that sometimes feel soooo huuuge.

Their workshops, hosted in their or a parent’s home, focus on themes such as parenting in the digital age, raising girls and how to choose the right school or nursery for your child. Their wealth of experience and training, as well as all the latest research, goes into the sessions, which are non-judgemental and incredibly useful – you can get a taster here. And if you want to dig deeper, their five- and ten-week courses provide an invaluable education on how to parent patiently, calmly and effectively, which can quite literally transform your family life. From learning how to discipline positively and foster good relationships between siblings to how to structure your life so you can stay calm in the face of provocative behaviour (give me that magic bullet!), you’ll come away with all the tools you need to raise confident and resilient children who have high self-esteem, good self-control – and respect and listen to you!

Plus, a bit like the NCT buddies you made when your little darlings were babies, you’ll make lots of new friends who will form the best support group when you’re having a bad day and the gin is beckoning!

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