Elaine’s story, as told in her book ‘My Child’s Different’, documents how she transformed herself and her parenting approach and was able to support her son who had been excluded from 3 schools in so many years and eventually finished his education as Head Boy and went on to become a budding entrepreneur.
Elaine says of herself: “I’m not Wonder Woman or Super Nanny. I’m not Mary Poppins or Nanny McPhee. I’m just me (and in essence, I’m probably you) and that’s what makes me different.
I’ve been in your shoes, I’ve been at the end of my tether wondering why my child is different and what I can do to support him. I’ve learned first hand the skills it takes not just to survive the struggle but to get to the other side and change the story.
It is my mission to create a happier future generation by sharing parenting strategies that will have an authentic impact, transforming challenging children into confident and contented children with my personal style and a positive approach.”
The Parent Practice was established in Southwest London in 2004 by Melissa Hood and she was joined by her partner Elaine Halligan in 2009. Elaine struggled to understand her challenging son and Melissa became her parenting coach, as she trained Elaine in positive parenting techniques, teaching her new skills about children and psychology. They worked together for 12 wonderful years, sharing powerful tools and techniques with thousands of parents all over the world to help them create harmony in their own homes. Post 2020 and COVID19, the business has restructured and Elaine now runs The Parent Practice solo, while Melissa continues her studies and parenting work in Sydney.
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