Richard Curtis is known as ‘The Kid Calmer’ and he travels the UK and internationally working with parents and their children who are having behavioural problems. He believes parents today need much more support to adapt to the ever-rapidly changing demands of the modern world in which we all live in, and that kids are not in crisis as gets stated in the media worldwide; they just need better guidance from the adults in their lives.
On International Youth Day this week; he unveils his parenting toolkit for all parents of now and the future and he also opens up free consultations and assistance for parents wherever they may be based across the UK, and also internationally via video conferencing and email.
Helping busy parents to improve the quality of their limited time with their children, feel less stress and guilt about their parenting and to help raise the next generation to cope with the demands of tomorrow’s world are just some of the many areas of focus for professional child behaviour expert Richard Curtis; and he is on a mission to change the perspectives of all parents and adults who may be raising young people of all ages! Qualified teacher, Richard has worked with some of the most challenging children in the UK and has developed a range of unique techniques that work to help often over stressed and ever busier parents in comparison to any other time in history.
Richard, who is better known as ‘The Kid Calmer’ has devoted his life to understanding and working with child behaviours and is renowned for his experience with young people of all ages with special needs and severe behavioral difficulties. He has turned round the lives of thousands of children and their families and has developed an excellent reputation for understanding what different behaviors and tantrums mean, personally influencing over half a million children in his career.
Whilst filming with him over the course of a week, he told us:
“Positive Parenting is an important area of society that often gets air time in media for the wrong reasons. I’m here to help highlight the issues in a more constructive way by providing all parents with the right tools to raise their kids effectively and instilling the skills they need to survive successfully today.”
Richard also points out:
“If many of our kids are losing their way, I say don’t blame them. They’re kids… think back to when you were that age when even things such as technology weren’t as complex such as in our current digital age. We all relied on the guidance of our peers and our elders and that will never change. If anyone is failing our kids, it is us as the adults who I want to provide as much support for and advocate that government also enables this more than currently.”
In June 2014 Richard had three books published: 101 Tips for Parents, 101 More Tips for Parents and 101 Behavior Tips for Parents. These easy to read books are designed to be picked up, flicked through and inspire parents in small bite sized chunks, rather than wade through 300 pages of theory.
He also is the founder of ‘The Root Of It’, a team of professionals who help schools, families and children and Headschat, a business-social network for Head teachers and Principals. Richard also believes:
“With the correct interventions during relationship breakdowns between adults and young people, or even as early as possible when any form of negative behavioural issues are taking place I believe even issues such as drug use, isolation, confidence issues, anger management, and even rising cases of depression and distress can be reduced amongst young people. Nowadays labels such as ADHD and other forms of behavioural conditions are often over-used and in many cases that I have been involved there have been very logical reasons affecting the behaviours of the young people which can be resolved and often eliminated with basic actions taken. The key thing is in listening to parents and the young people, and both parties feeling heard and understood more.”
Richard lives in Southampton, England and is a teacher who has earned a Master’s Degree based on working with children with behavioral difficulties and also holding several specialist qualifications. He is on call as an expert often invited to speak in the media and press, and only this week having been invited on ITV and BBC around the topic of the ‘Kids Company’ charity closures.
Richard’s Parenting Toolkit for Parents has been developed from his years of experience and the changes he has seen over the years facing young people not only in the UK, but also worldwide such as changes in the way we access technology, communication and issues such as synthetic drug use, legal highs, exclusion, and self esteem.
For more info about ‘The Kid Calmer’ visit: www.thekidcalmer.com
And check out the details around the International Youth Day’s 2015 campaign
And here is also a snapshot of THE KID CALMER in action which we filmed during a session with a client. An insightful fly-on-the-wall experience:
Filming/Photography: Vin and Phil
Edit: Kelly (Guavo Media)