I have four children, aged 19, 17, 15 & 11 and have experienced different challenges with each of them, from dealing with everyday issues like sleeping, friendships or technology to more complex issues including ADHD, dyslexia and anxiety.
For the last 30 years I have worked in education either as a teacher, coach or consultant. Whilst working at an inner London primary school I became interested in the social and emotional aspects of learning and this became the focus of my master’s in education. However, when I had my own children, despite my training, parenting was so much harder than I imagined. I have often felt alone, not sure of the best way to handle situations, I have not known where to turn for help and have found that much of the support offered didn't meet my needs. This has driven me to spend thousands of hours researching and training.
This journey has made me passionate about providing parents with the sort of help and guidance that is aligned with their needs. I believe that the wellbeing of the parent or caregiver is inseparable from that of the child. To enable our children to flourish in this complex world, we need to be empowered as parents with the skills to be calm, to connect and feel confident.
I am a mother of three children, aged 17, 15 and 9, two of my children are dyslexic, one severely. As well as dealing with specific learning difficulties I have also managed things like fussy eating, sleeping issues and wilfulness.
I started my career teaching History in a secondary school 27 years ago, however, since the birth of my second child I have worked in primary education, teaching from reception to year 6. I have a very broad and diverse experience of parenting and education from different perspectives
Despite my professional experience I have struggled with parenting challenges and found it hard to find the right sort of help. I have accessed support both through school and privately for two of my children which is ongoing and has been difficult to navigate. I’m not afraid to say this is hard, I certainly don’t pretend to have all the answers and I know it’s okay to ask for help.
I am passionate about providing parents with help and advice in order that they can as families, flourish both within the education system and in all aspects of life. I am partnering with Andrea to build Mosaic Partnerships as a vehicle to deliver this.
To help families to live calm and confident lives through a range of services that focus on support, understanding and strategies.
To break down the stigmas surrounding parenting, to build a safe and open community where parents can access support and training without judgement. We offer a place to connect with other parents with the opportunity to access parent education. We want to empower parents, improve the daily lives of families and make a difference to the lives of young people.
Over the last decade there has been a huge increase in the number of parents and children with mental health challenges and the recent pandemic has exacerbated this. Mental health and wellbeing are complex areas and there is not a ‘one size fits all’ solution to the challenge’s individuals face. There is an increasing amount of research that indicates there is a mismatch between our environment and our biology, however there is also convincing evidence that families and young people can develop the tools to flourish.
Thousands of hours of training plus our commitment to using current evidence based research underpins our approach. We believe that calmness sets the foundation of wellbeing, when we feel calm, we can be compassionate with ourselves and others. It is from this place that we can connect with others, communicate effectively, build positive relationships and feel confident and capable. Humans are wired to work together to solve problems and support each other and this is central to Mosaic Partnerships philosophy and approach.
We are parents and educators, between us we have 7 children aged from 9 to 19 and over the years we have had our own parenting challenges, we have often felt alone and frustrated. We have struggled to find the advice and support we need, and this motivated us to spend thousands of hours researching and training. Parenting is hard, we know that the wellbeing of children is inextricably linked to the wellbeing of parents. Our goal is for parents to feel well, capable and confident.