If you are reading this, it is likely because you are searching for some support. You may not know what shape or form you need this to take, but you might feel that you need to reach out for some guidance, or simply for someone to just listen and reassure you.
I spend much of my time offering support and advice to families around the world through my bespoke remote consultancy service. Despite this being a key service I provide, I still like to undertake home visits and occasional childcare or I would miss the little ones too much!
My knowledge and experience mean that I can provide help in a variety of ways. It may be that I can support you right from the start of your parenting journey; holding your hand and helping you create solid foundations so that your roller coaster of a journey (because being a parent always is) will feel less scary and have fewer glitches along the way. Or perhaps you are a parent that is struggling with certain issues? In this case, I can help you navigate this tricky time with love, care, reassurance and knowledge.
I am often asked what my 'approach' is what 'methods' I advocate, the simple answer is I am an advocate of pick and mix parenting (and that doesn't mean giving your little ones lots of sweets!!). I truly believe that we are all different and no one thing can work for every human being, so I will never be 100% Montessori, or suggest you only follow the works of Pickler, instead I will educate myself as much as possible to have a depth of knowledge to share with you. This, coupled with my experience, will help me to help you find what works for you and your family - which may not be the same mix as for your neighbour, friend or relative.
I am a firm believer in instinctive baby/child-led parenting. By this, I do not mean that the child rules the roost. If we can get back to listening to parental instincts and learning to read babies cues or by taking the time to listen to children when they are trying to communicate, then many of the issues that parents often encounter could be avoided or easily resolved. I do not use a 'one size fits all' approach… every child is wonderfully unique.
I will make no promises to have your baby sleeping through the night in X amount of days or to cure your child’s feeding issue overnight. I will not give you unrealistic promises or try to make you feel inadequate. What I will do however, is promise that I will listen to your concerns and needs and draw upon my wealth of knowledge and experience to offer advice. Together we will find methods that will work for your child and for your family as a whole, and throughout I will be there to offer moral support if need be.
I work closely with other professionals, so that I have a network of colleagues to refer to if something is outside my remit, or requires more specialised support.
Good communication is key and as a family, you must feel that you can be completely open with any thoughts or questions that you may have with the advice I offer you. As parents you know your children better than anyone and I always welcome your feedback.
Should you wish to get in touch to chat about what you need support with and how I may be able to help, then I look forward to speaking with you.
Some of the areas that I offer advice and support on include:
- Preparing for the arrival of your new baby.
- The first days at home with your new baby.
- Helping siblings adjust to the arrival of a new baby (parents too in some cases).
- Feeding your baby – making an informed choice.
- Breastfeeding advice and support.
- Post Natal Depression.
- Advice on creating a flexible routine for your baby and your family.
- Weaning, both traditional and "baby led" - including healthy menu plans for toddlers, children and those with specific dietary requirements.
- Independent toileting (potty training).
- Sleep issues in babies, toddlers and children.
- Feeding issues in babies, toddlers and children.
- Helping children and families with behavioural issues.
- Sibling rivalry.
- Finding a childcare solution that works for your family.
- Settling in a Nanny or Au pair (including mentoring).
... And much, much more!
While I sometimes offer a home visit service, 90% of the consultations that I do are solely on the telephone or via email and Skype.
I try to keep my fees as fair and affordable as possible so people are able to access my support and guidance. Many of the parents I work with are working parents and often need consultations in the evening or at the weekend and I am happy to offer this.
For more information on how I may be able to advise and support your family, please do not hesitate to get in touch. I look forward to hearing from you.
"It is not only Caroline’s knowledge and experience that makes her so amazing.
She is also incredibly kind, caring and compassionate and always goes above and beyond to be of help. Her words of encouragement and support have given me the confidence and self-belief to be the mother I am today. Both my husband and I owe Caroline a huge depth of gratitude."