About Andrea Rippon

I’m a Mum to 2 children, I run 2 businesses and I keep things going at home. I was brought up in South India and spent my teenage years in West Africa. I went to boarding school in India – at the age of 5 🙁 – and aged 11, arrived at my posh Suffolk boarding school with an Indian accent.

On leaving school, I moved to London and was spectactularly unsuccessful at Central London Poly.  I funded myself to back pack around the world for 2 years in my early 20s and on returning to the UK, moved from London to Norwich. I worked at the University of East Anglia (UEA) where I was offered the chance to design my own work based degree. 6 years – a mortgage, marriage and baby – later, I got a First Class Honours.

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Photo of Andrea Rippon, by Joanna Millington

I discovered what I wanted to be when I grew up – aged 34 – and started my own business. I have been self-employed since 2007 and in 2010, boosted my income with a part-time job working as a Staff Development Officer (UEA) when my husband was made redundant. In 2013, I returned to being 100% Freelance. One of my businesses focusses on Person Centred People Skills for Parents/Carers, Individuals and Organisations and the other is a successful self-catering holiday cottage in Mundesley.

I became a Parent Governor (Anti Bullying and Equality) at Avenue Junior School and in the 8 years I was there, I learnt that there is more good in education than bad.  I was asked to become a Board Member/Trustee for a Social Enterprise and, for 10 years, I got an insight into just how difficult it is to run an Arts Education business in today’s political climate.

My academic background is in the Person Centred Approach; and I supplement this with qualifications and training in Parent Education, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), Mindfulness, Emotional Intelligence and Action Learning.  I am a qualified Appreciative Inquiry Coach and am currently training with Mancroft International to present their Winning Edge programme (Mindset for Success).

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Photo of Andrea Rippon, by Joanna Millington

I prefer a level-headed and evidence-based approach to parenting and through my work, have been fortunate to learn what this looks like. ‘Knowing’ and ‘doing’ are different though; every day I find instances when I know I could have done better. However, I also have learnt that striving to be better is good; and sometimes ‘good enough’ is good, too.

Practical Parenting Skills starts with your state of mind, the attitude you bring to your parenting. If your values coincide with ours – encouraging personal responsibility and supporting children to realise their own potential – then we can offer you the Practical Parenting Skills that will bring win-win outcomes for your family.

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