From reading Jane Austen as a teenager, to my languages degree and a passion for travel and different cultures, I’ve always been fascinated by relationships and how people interact with one another.
For over 20 years – from my studies to my work as a translator, trainer, consultant and project manager in knowledge management, communication and learning in a large, global corporation – human relationships, behaviour, communication and personal development have been the focus of my work.
As a mum, I’ve had the privilege of shifting that focus to parenting and family relationships, experiencing the joys and challenges of parenthood, as well as what it means to build deeply connected relationships with my kids firsthand.
I was born and grew up in the southeast of England, and now live in Germany with my husband, our three children and two cats. Our children are growing up interculturally and with two languages.
Choose connection over coercion
Champion consent and cultivate cooperation
Shift from reacting to responding
Go for intention over perfection
My journey has taken me via attachment parenting, peaceful and respectful parenting, gentle parenting, conscious parenting, unschooling, non-violent communication and the basic understanding that children are people too, who grow up to be healthy, capable and empathic adults when they have connected relationships with parents and trusted adults who are connected to themselves, and who are willing and able to see and value children for the humans they are.
That’s why I believe it’s time to rethink conventional parenting practices, choose connection and focus on building strong relationships.
As a mum and twin mum of three born less than two years apart, I know the joys and challenges of being a parent. I understand the questions parents have around building strong and loving relationships with their children, as well as looking for peaceful and respectful ways to balance the needs of all family members – and know that everyday parenting isn’t always easy. I consider motherhood to be my greatest challenge and greatest reward, and I ask myself the same questions – every day!
I also know that parent and family coaching, as well as the support of a community, can help with getting a fresh perspective, becoming peaceful, and parenting with confidence, ease and joy.