From reading Jane Austen as a teenager, via my languages degree and a passion for travel and different cultures, to crying my way through every episode of six seasons of This is Us, 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 with two languages, countries and cultures.
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 compassionate 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 growing human beings 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 children 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 kids, as well as looking for peaceful and respectful ways to balance the needs of all family members – and I know that everyday parenting isn’t easy. I ask myself the same questions – every day! Motherhood is my biggest adventure, my greatest challenge and brings me more joy than I ever could have hoped for.
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.