Welcome to my site


I am a child psychologist with a life long interest in family psychology, especially parenting. 

Born in the North of England, I completed a BSc and MSc at the London School of Economics and then a Phd at the Institute of Education (University of London). My PhD thesis was a study of Sibling Rivalry and its Socialisation.

After working as a Senior Lecturer at Middlesex University in Child Development and Psychology, I became a management trainer specialising in personal and interpersonal skills, such as negotiation, listening and constructive feedback. These skills proved so useful when dealing with my own young family, that I was encouraged to move into the area of parenting skills. In  2001, I founded the parenting website Raisingkids.co.uk

I have written four books on family life and am a frequent guest on radio and television. As an expert on the family, I have worked with several companies on issues concerning families - giving presentations, preparing reports, making videos and doing radio tours.

I will regularly update the website with my blogs on family life and parenting. To read the latest blogs, click the links below..