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Our experts - parenting-skills

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Lambrini Stamati

Parenting skills Αθήνα, GR
I live with my family in Athens, Greece. Following a long career in communications and journalism, I still work with and for people, researching and providing the true, kind and necessary information with the focus on children’s first relationships within the family, with mother and parents. I work with families and children towards their personal development and empowerment, through the non-profit organization Photodentra (Trees of Light) and the online parents’ magazine Photodentro (Tree of Light, at I recently introduced Simplicity Parenting community in Greece, by facilitating parents' groups and by translating Kim John Payne’s Simplicity Parenting book in Greek ( Walking on the enlightening path of simplicity, I have found inspiration and insight that I feel privileged to be sharing with the families I work with.

Ellie Hirsch

Parenting skills Tampa, US
My name is Ellie Hirsch, also known as Ellie, The Mommy Master®. I founded to help moms (and dads) to master motherhood. I offer parenting tips, tricks and tools, as well as a platform for mompreneurs looking to build their business. Some of the tools I offer includes my award winning children's CD, "Music is Magical, Children's Songs with Ellie", available at and iTunes. From potty training to manners, the first day of school to cleaning up and more, my music is a wonderful parenting and teaching tool that helps introduce important topics to children. It recently won a Parents' Choice Award and continues to receive rave reviews. In addition to relevant articles and advice, you will find the series, "A Dad's Perspective" at, which allows us women to hear what dads have to say about all things parenting. Our initiative, The Mommy Master of the Month, has become quite popular and gives women the opportunity to promote their business at no charge. Many women approach me because they are afraid of failing at parenthood and I provide them with the confidence and reassurance in overall parental decision making. I teach women that it's okay to fail and that no one is the perfect parent. Some days you will be a Mommy Master and others, a Mommy Disaster, and that is okay. As a parenting expert, I am often quoted in popular online and print parenting magazines and can be seen on 10News Tampa, as part of the Mom Squad, weighing in on important parenting related topics. You can also find me at the popular radio station Magic 94.9's blog every month, whipping up healthy and fun kid friendly ideas in the kitchen. I was born and raised in NY, received a degree in Family Studies from the University of Maryland, and now reside in Tampa with my three amazing little boys, husband and Goldendoodle.

Martine Oglethorpe

Parenting skills AU
Martine is a mother to 5 boys, a family and youth counsellor and a cyber safety consultant. Martine gives regular presentations on what it means to parent in the modern world, with a particular focus on the implications of technology and the online world. Martines personal experiences with her own family coupled with her professional work and research allows for a very realistic approach to some of the challenges faced by parents today, which she also blogs about regularly at

Dana Obleman

Parenting skills Sarasota, US
Dana launched her successful private practice in 2003, and since then has helped over 30,000 of parents solve their children’s sleep problems. She is the creator of “The Sleep Sense Program,”, a best-selling “do-it-yourself” guide for sleep deprived parents. Dana has made numerous television appearances, has been featured in national and local newspapers, spoken at multiple parenting trade shows and baby conventions. She was also invited to lecture on solving infant and toddler sleep problems to Family Physicians, through the University of British Columbia. In addition, to a BA in Psychology, Dana also holds a degree in Elementary Education from King’s University (1999), and is a professional member of the National Sleep Foundation.

Sue Atkins

Parenting skills GB
Sue Atkins is an internationally recognised Parenting Expert, Broadcaster, Speaker and Author of the Amazon best selling books "Parenting Made Easy – How To Raise Happy Children” & “Raising Happy Children for Dummies" one in the famous black and yellow series as well as author of the highly acclaimed Parenting Made Easy CDs. She has just launched the 1st in her series of Parenting Made Easy apps for iPhones and iPads. Sue offers practical guidance for bringing up happy, confident, well behaved children from toddler to teen. She regularly appears on the award winning flagship ITV show “This Morning”, BBC Breakfast and The Jeremy Vine Show on BBC Radio 2 and is the parenting expert for many BBC Radio Stations around the UK. She has a regular monthly parenting phone- in on BBC Radio Surrey & Sussex and her parenting articles are published all over the world.

Janet Powell

Parenting skills Melbourne, AU
Janet is an accredited parenting coach and trainer with many years’ experience working with children and families, including in the Early Childhood sector. Studies in Applied Science and Children’s Services, combined with a passion for great parenting, lead Janet to start her business helping parents in 2007. She is currently the Victorian representative for Effectiveness Training Instructors and has a seat on the Board of the Effectiveness Training Institute of Australia. Janet is the mother of three adult children who have successfully moved out of the family home and begun their own independent lives. Four little grandchildren have now been welcomed into the family, to add another dimension to Janet’s parenting experience.

Anne Louise Bannon

Parenting skills Altadena, US
I've been writing about parenting and television for over 15 years, both as a media critic and as a freelance journalist. My credits include, L.A. Parent, the Maine Sunday telegraph, DirectTV The Guide, Catholic Parent and newspapers across the country. I started to serve the parenting community, offering them ways to teach their children how to be effective media consumers while providing information on televised programming suitable for the whole family (as opposed to aimed at only kids or only adults).

Jessica Spring

Parenting skills Bainbridge Island, US
Jessica believes in a "less is more" approach to raising children in a media saturated and consumer focused world. She is enthusiastic about the power of creative, unstructured play for healthy early childhood development. Jessica is a Narrative Practitioner, Writer and Human Development Consultant. She has worked as an educator and administrator for independent schools in the Midwest and the Pacific Northwest. Jessica holds a Master's degree in Human Development and certifications to facilitate the Social Inclusion method, Collaborative Counseling practices, Simplicity Parenting and Virtues Project International curriculums.

Greg Perry

Parenting skills York, GB
I run Future Parenting.

Lisa Reinhardt

Parenting skills Milwaukee, US
My background is in education, specifically Montessori education. I also am an independent facilitator of Love and Logic curricula. When my second child was born I decided to stay home from the classroom and became a certified parent coach. I work with parents to give the support they are looking for in parenting.

Naomi Richards

Parenting skills Barnet, GB
I am a life coach for children and call myself The Kids Coach. I provide coaching for children on any behavioural and emotional issue that they have (school, home, friendships, confidence, self-esteem, beliefs, anxieties, stress, communication). I work face to face with them and also do Skype telephone coaching. I love what I do as it allows children to address their problems and issues in a safe environment and I get to empower them to empower themselves to make positive changes in their lives. My sessions are lively and highly interactive with a serious undertone.

Mary Heston

Parenting skills US
Mary is the Founder of and Social Media Team Strategist for Mary was a guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show, and has spoken to several groups on Internet Safety, Social Media and Connecting Families through Technology. Mary and her husband Tom have 4 amazing kids and have lived in 6 different states and 2 countries. They love travel, video games, reading and staying connected with friends from around the world.

Sarah Thorpe

Parenting skills Doncaster, GB
I am Sarah and a single mother of two children. I have over 15 years of experience working with adults and children. I am an accredited Triple P Practitioner and qualified counsellor recently educated to degree level. I previously worked for Action for children, Kites, Mind. I enjoy being with family and friends. I like being creative and writing watching a good movie. Keeping fit and trying new classes my latest is body combat.

Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Parenting skills Toronto, CA
I'm a Parenting Writer, Columnist, Blogger and Media Spokesperson who focuses on various aspects of parenting. Technology is near and dear to my heart and as a result, I've discussed the topic of Parenting in the Digital Age on both my blog (series) and other media outlets. The intersection of parenting and raising kids is one that I feel merits ongoing discussion as we are just at the beginning of this new world in which technology is front and centre in the lives of our kids. From home to school, work and beyond, it's a topic that we'll need to address as our children grow and move into different areas of their lives.

Michele Sfakianos

Parenting skills Fort Myers, US
I am a Registered Nurse of 19 years, Leading Authority in Parenting and Life Skills, Speaker, and Award-winning Author. My books include The 4-1-1 on Life Skills; The 4-1-1 on Step Parenting; and The 4-1-1 on Surviving Teenhood. The 4-1-1 on Life Skills is a book directed at those moving out on their own for the first time or those that were in a relationship for a long time and they are starting over due to divorce or death of a spouse. The 4-1-1 on Step Parenting is a guide for those wanting a well-blended step family. The 4-1-1 on Surviving Teenhood is for parents and teens to help them navigate the issues that our teens face today.

robin schafer

Parenting skills East Brunswick, US
I developed the website called Masterful kids( that deals with teaching emotional intelligence skills to students 8-15, and parents. It is used worldwide to help students deal with bullying, and set and accomplish S.M.A.R.T goals.

Jane Chin, Ph.D.

Parenting skills Los Angeles, US
Because I am important in the life of my child, I am shown the secrets of the world.

Deborah Cohen

Parenting skills Abington, US
As a parenting educator for over twenty years, I have worked with hundred's of families to help them do the best job possible in raising children who thrive emotionally, socially, and academically.

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