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About Anna - Positive Parenting with Anna Partridge


Why Positive Parenting?

Because I know that there is a better way to raise our kids than through smacking, shaming, using time out, yelling, counting to 3 or using rewards charts.

How do I know this?

When I was 39 weeks pregnant with my first child, I went back to university to study a Bachelor of Education and was fascinated by the way children’s brains develop and what influences their development. I looked hard into the parent/child relationship and found that a strong relationship with even just one parent builds resilience, empathy, self-confidence and love.

I am now a mother to three children, a primary school teacher and a certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator and know through experience that love, connection, creating a sense of significance and belonging and building a love bridge is the way to interact with and raise our children. I have seen too many of my students lacking self-confident, resilience, persistence and independence and know we need to help our children build these skills in a positive way.


What is Positive Parenting?

Positive Parenting is a holistic parenting philosophy based on Adlerian theory that encourages parents to be kind and firm, respectful, encouraging, non-punitive and non-permissive. It empowers parents through a collection of parenting tools to help deal with temper tantrums, sibling rivalry, power struggles and morning and bedtime routines with no punishment, no rewards, no smacking, no time outs and no praise.

Now I work with parents who;

  • are striving for a calmer household;
  • are looking for a collection of tools and strategies to deal with the every day behaviours of our children including temper tantrums, sibling rivalry, power struggles, morning and bedtime routines and actually listening when spoken to;
  • want to build strong, positive relationships with their children;
  • want to help their children thrive in a busy, chaotic world and;
  • want to raise confident, resilient and independent children into adulthood.


How does it help?

Positive Parenting gives parents the tools and strategies to reduce the everyday stresses of parenting and to focus on the big picture of raising children so you can actually enjoy your kids more each day and have systems in place to feel empowered and organized.

“Learning the tools and techniques has allowed me to see my own kids in a whole new light. The yelling has stopped, the wining has ended, the sibling fights are getting less and less and there are very few out and out power struggles between our kids and us. Our house is calmer, our relationships are stronger and the enjoyment factor of having small children has gone up 10 fold.”

Sarah, mum to 3 children

Official Bio

WY1_1074Anna Partridge is a certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator, a school teacher and a mother to three highly spirited, beautiful children. She loves nothing more than helping parents raise resilient and confident children, build strong and connected family relationships and strive for calm, fun and happy families.

Anna hasn’t always been a parent educator – here is her journey spanning 3 degree, 3 kids, two careers and three continents to get to here.

Anna completed a Bachelor of Communications in 1999 and worked as a Public Relations professional in both Australia and London across many and varied industries and organisations. On the way home from London in 2002, she spent 4 months trekking across Africa and fell in love with the idea of one day being a school teacher.

She came back to Australia, met the man she would marry and had her first child in 2005. She went back to University and completed her Bachelor of Education in 2007 when her children were small and taught at a lovely Independent school in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs.

In 2010, now with 3 children – Anna’s military husband was posted to America for 2 years. Not being able to work in America, Anna won a scholarship to study a degree in International Health & Development and had the pleasure of meeting two inspirational women Hillary Clinton and Melinda Gates (from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) and to go on to study the effects of childhood marriage in Afghanistan and childhood malnutrition in Bangladesh among other fascinating childhood development topics.

In 2012, now back in Canberra, Anna worked as a school teacher at one Canberra’s well-known independent schools and this is where she dived deeper into childhood resilience, self-confidence and parent/child relationships.

In 2013, back in Sydney an opportunity arose for Anna to work part time as a Public Relations Manager at non-profit organization, The Wayside Chapel in Sydney’s Kings Cross which taught her invaluable skills for working with some of Sydney’s most marginalized people including empathy, compassion and resilience.

In 2014, Anna started the mummy blog, Bombardedmum.com to stay abreast of the parenting and education world and provide information on raising kids well. It was so popular, she left her PR job in February 2015 and started her business, Positive Parenting with Anna Partridge working with parents to raise confident and resilient kids through online courses, workshops, resources and in person.