Articles & Press
Karen and Georgia in the Press
YOU magazine – Mail on Sunday, 20 April, 2008
by Caroline Phillips
We’re natural cheerleaders, but we’ve had to learn COMMANDO TACTICS.
With eight children between them, Georgia Coleridge and Karen Doherty have experienced every family peak and pitfall possible.
Mothers in arms
Easy Living, June 2008
By Andrew Hayes-Watkins
With four children each, Karen Doherty and Georgia Coleridge decided to ask every mother they knew for their secrets. The result is a no-nonsense guide to running a family – whatever your personality…
Sunday Times Style – 25 April, 2010
How do you stop the kids fighting?
Relax, listen to them and remember, it’s all part of growing up, says mum of four Georgia Coleridge.
I Hated my Sister
Woman’s Own – November 2010
By Amy Fallon
For years Karen felt overshadowed by her younger sister. It was only when they became adults that they finally managed to repair their relationship.
Sibling Rivalry – How did we come out of the same womb?
In a Forest, Dark and Deep by Neil LaBute. 14 March – 4th June – Vaudeville Theatre, London.
Programme editorial by Karen Doherty and Georgia Coleridge.
For many siblings, their relationship is like a forest, dark and deep – full of unresolved, complex issues from their childhood. Even when they grow older and leave home, the undercurrents in their relationship can remain. So when they see each other, or even talk on the phone, old emotions get stirred back up.
Carrot or stick? If ‘manners maketh man’ how do you instill them?
First Eleven – Spring 2011
By Max Davidson
There is no shortage of good self-help books, from Divas and Door Slammers by Charlie Taylor, who has taught at a special school for children with behavioural difficulties, to Seven Secrets of Successful Parenting by Georgia Coleridge and Karen Doherty, who have eight children between them and have certainly done the hard yards, from nappy-changing to breaking up food fights.
The 7 Parenting Sins (and how to avoid them)
Healthy – November/December 2010
By Hannah Fox
Are you setting your kids a bad example? Here’s how to break your bad habits and and change your kids’ behaviour for the better.
[...] Bribing children can mean your relationship becomes transactional and your children won’t be good unless they get something in return,’ says Karen Doherty, co-author of Seven Secrets of Successful Parenting [...]
A Timely Reminder
Pavlova Diaries – Out and about in Notting Hill – March 2011
Once again we found ourselves at a parenting talk, slightly skulking at the back like grumpy teenagers. This one was by the dynamic and entertaining, Notting Hill duo, Karen Doherty and Georgia Coleridge who have four children each and have learned their craft on the job. The pair have two books Seven Secrets to Successful Parenting and Sibling Rivalry and the ladies are also available to give talks and advice.
Morning, Meals… and Bedtime
Right Start – January/February 2011
Day after day, it’s up to us to get our children off to school, put meals on the table and herd them into bed. If these everyday events are triggers for bickering, they can become such an ordeal. So what can you do to make things run more smoothly? Try being a ‘sorted’ parent…
Turning Sibling Rivalry into Sibling Harmony
Cotswold Life – December 2010
[...] We found that one of the best things you can do to minimise tension between your children is to get them outside to burn off their extra energy and get their endorphins going. But as Karen lives in London and Georgia lives in the country, we had to approach this differently. [...]
How slapping on the sunscreen nearly ruined one woman’s health
Daily Mail – 8 April 2010
By Georgia Coleridge
With four small children, taking no risks with the sun seemed like the mature and sensible option. I’d read endless scare stories about people who had developed skin cancer after being badly sunburned as children, and I was determined to protect my little darlings. Every summer, however much they protested, I covered them in sun cream until they were as slippery as greased piglets, and tried to keep them indoors during the hottest part of the day.
Sibling Rivalry by Georgia Coleridge
The Weekly Wrinkle – 6 October, 2010
We’re delighted to welcome writer and columnist Georgia Coleridge to Wrinkle. Georgia and fellow author Karen Doherty have eight children between them and they’ve now embarked on a book covering the highly charged topic of sibling rivalry. Trouble between siblings – it’s a problem that can sadly affect relationships throughout life and is something that can be passed on to the next generation.
Is there anything more frustrating than sibling rivalry? The pointless, unnecessary, infuriating, low-level bickering can go on and on. Toddlers fighting over toys, bigger children squabbling in the back of the car, teenagers jostling for control of the X-box or TV remote, even adult siblings still trying to score points off each other long after they have left home.
Sunday Express – 18 July 2010
Rachel Carlyle asks: Can you survive the holidays without tears and tantrums?
[...] it’s better to get through the first days of pain while they adjust to a slower pace of life. “If you can hold out for a week, they get used to the rhythm of the summer holidays,” says Georgia [...]
Perfecting Your Parenting
Angels & Urchins – Autumn 2010
Suzie Skipper, mum of 4, ranging from toddler to teenager, puts the latest parenting advice to the test.
[...] ‘Sibling Rivalry’ is certainly compelling reading, well set out and easy to read. [...]
Pregnancy and Parenting Magazine – Summer 2010
Welcoming your new baby into your home is an exciting moment but it also represents a tumultuous and emotional change for your toddler…
Handling exam stress
First Eleven Magazine – London edition, summer 2010
Achieving success while avoiding stress is the balance we’re all looking for when it comes to our child’s exams. Karen Doherty and Georgia Coleridge offer expert advice on managing the pressure.
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Sharing in 7 Simple Steps
Maternity & Infant – Summer 2010
What can you do to encourage good and lasting relationships between your children?
Karen Doherty, co-author of a new book on sibling rivalry, says getting off to the right start is key.
Summer Survival Strategies
ABC Hampshire – July 2010
A version of this article also appeared in the Berkshire, Hertfordshire and Sussex editions of the magazine.
Every year when the summer holidays start, my children fight so much I want to send them all right back to school!
I want what she’s got…
YOU magazine – Mail on Sunday, 4 July, 2010
by Judith Woods
While competition between siblings may be mostly harmless during childhood, it can bring out the absolute worst in us if it develops into envy in later life…
The Lady – 27 April, 2010
Brothers and sisters – a recipe for disaster or stalwart friends for life? Karen Doherty and Georgia Coleridge are amazed to find that sometimes the bickering never stops.
David and Ed Miliband – brothers in arms or brothers at war?
The Telegraph, 18 May, 2010
by Cassandra Jardine
[...] “Siblings cannot help but compare themselves with one another more than with anyone else. It is their main battle,” says Georgia Coleridge, co-author of a new book on Sibling Rivalry. However well established they are, the rivalries of childhood are all-consuming, especially when a parent has an obvious favourite. The Pankhurst sisters started out united behind their suffragette mother, Emmeline, but ended up deeply divided. The Bush brothers will probably never be close again since younger brother Jeb always wanted to be president but it was his ex-alcoholic brother, George W who made it. “In some ways that’s a sign of a healthy family,” says Coleridge’s co-author, Karen Doherty. “In many families children feel they have to go off in different directions.” [...]
Underpaid, humiliated, enslaved…
The Telegraph – 5 August, 2010
As British parents are accused of abusing au pairs, Judith Woods meets the mothers fighting back
“After the third girl did a runner, it occurred to me the reason why we’re called host families is because a lot of au pairs are parasites.”
There’s a space for us, somewhere a parking space for us
The Telegraph – 9 September, 2010
by Judith Woods
“We really need to change our mindset about family bays,” insists Karen Doherty, mother of three girls and a boy, and author of Sibling Rivalry…
Sibling rivalry: When brothers fall out
Life and Style (Family) – The Guardian, 5 May, 2010
by Nick Duerden
[...] According to Karen Doherty, who, with Georgia Coleridge, has just written Sibling Rivalry: Seven Simple Solutions to Stop Fights, Prevent Jealousy and Help Your Children Get On Better, it is virtually the rule, not the exception. “Four out of five siblings will torment, kick, punch, fight and annoy one another at some point during childhood,” Doherty, a sunny Californian living in London, tells me. I ask her why, and she smiles. “Ah. Well, there are 101 answers to that question.” [...]
Siblings at war
London Evening Standard – 22 April, 2010
Ask people about their siblings and you’ll almost certainly find that they have complicated, unresolved feelings about them. For every set of brothers like Jedward or sisters like Kylie and Dannii, who swear in public that they’re inseparable, there are dozens more who admit they feel irritated, resentful or just plain ambivalent.
The Secret Seven
Pavlova Diaries – Out and about in Notting Hill, May 2010
Sibling Rivalry is a great new book from the formidable parenting double act Georgia Coleridge and Karen Doherty, following on from their first book the Seven Secrets of Successful Parenting, where seven parent types were identified.
Emma’s diary – Forbes Style, 25 May, 2010
The newly opened Anthropology on the Kings Road was the venue for a book launch this week. The name says it all and now someone has been brave enough to put it in the title of a new childcare book! It was a fabulous location and delicious food, all handed out by the authors’ children who were sneaking the odd brownie or millionaires shortbread as they dodged between the crowds!
Oh brother, where on earth art thou?
Londoner’s Diary – The Evening Standard, 25 May, 2010
After a two week delay when her co-author, Karen Doherty, was detained in South Africa by the Icelandic volcano, Georgia Coleridge, wife of Condé Nast MD Nicholas, luanched her book, Sibling Rivalry, at Anthropologie in King’s Road last night.
My younger daughter is jealous of her older sister. What’s the best way to handle this?
Problem solved – The Guardian, 24 July 2010
by Annalisa Barbieri
[...] I spoke to Karen Doherty and Georgia Coleridge, authors of Sibling Rivalry: Seven Simple Solutions, a really good book to dip into, not least because it draws your attention to the bad habits that we, as parents, can get into. They had some advice for you, which I shall paraphrase: “If the little one is being really mean to the older one, then remove her to a safe place in the same room for a moment – perhaps her cot. Be gentle but firm, for example, saying: “You can’t treat your big sister like that.” [...]
The tricky balance…
Junior Magazine – July 2010
By Rebecca Abrams
Parents often worry they won’t love their second child as much as their first. So how do you work out a new equilibrium in your family dynamics?
The Source, UK Youth – March 2010
The first in a series of articles on UK Youth’s Centenary Ambassadors – all committed to promoting the ‘positive about youth’ message in their own fields – begins with Karen Doherty
Agony Aunts to the Rescue
The Lady Magazine – 22 December, 2009
Writers Karen Doherty and Georgia Coleridge have been friends for years. They agree about most things, apart from Christmas. Karen loves it; Georgia dreads it. Here they advise on some Christmas worries.
Publishing News, 30 November 2007
Promoted as the Trinny and Susannah of parenting, Karen Doherty and Georgia Coleridge explain the genesis of their new book on coping with kids.
We met when our children were at nursery school and we became friends when they started getting into all sorts of trouble: they flooded the school bathroom, they threw sand at other toddlers, and they even escaped from our communal gardens through a gap in the railings…
House and Garden, May 2008
Social arbiter and people watcher Mary Killen analyses people’s relationship with their cars. This month, she talks to authors Karen Doherty and Georgia Coleridge about the family-friendly Honda FR-V
The Hill, June 2008
W11’s Karen Doherty and Georgia Coleridge have just published a book on bringing up children. Here they explain how it all came about.
We met met we both moved onto a communal garden in Notting Hill, and we became firm friends when we banded together to install a playground. Our children were busy breaking all the garden rules by hiding in the shrubs, climbing trees and playing ball games. The ramshackle splintery slide wasn’t enough to keep them, or the other 30 children who lived on the garden, out of trouble. So we took it upon ourselves to solve the problem.
Cheerleader or Commando: What type of parent are you?
YOU magazine – Mail on Sunday On Line, 19 April, 2008
by Caroline Phillips
I’m sitting at a kitchen table in West London’s Notting Hill talking to the two parenting gurus of the moment.
Their children – a total of eight between them – are at school, but there are bikes and scooters in the hallway, two fish tanks on a worktop, and the fridge is covered in magnetic letters, like a hundred thousand other family kitchens around the UK.
It’s the home of Karen Doherty, and this table is where she and Georgia Coleridge have spent the past five years writing their book Seven Secrets of Successful Parenting. Karen, 44, and Georgia, 42, became friends through their offspring.
Modern mums teach manners!
The Sun – Woman, 2 May, 2008
By Sophie Mansell
“IT’S not ‘I want’, it’s ‘Please may I have…?”
Remember that from your childhood?
Well it’s time to take a refresher course because the old-fashioned manners your mum taught you are back in vogue. [...]
Karen Doherty and Georgia Coleridge, authors of Seven Secrets Of Successful Parenting have some good behaviour tips too…
ES Magazine – The Evening Standard, 2 May, 2008
Edited by Andy Barker
The busy dad of Poppy Honey and Daisy Boo can pick up tips in Seven Secrets of Successful Parenting…
Tatler, September 2008
Karen Doherty and Georgia Coleridge threw a children’s party for adults at the launch of their book Seven Secrets of Successful Parenting.
Photos © Hugo Burnand and Tatler
Monitor – Glam Reads
Glamour, June 2008
By Shauna Bartlett
If you have (or want) children and feel your parenting skills could do with a makeover, this practical, advice-packed book is just the ticket. A mixture of anecdotes and tips, the advice is garnered
from interviews with hundreds of parents and professionals and covers every angle, from tantrums to teething, bedtime to bullying.
First Eleven Magazine – Summer 2008
Meetings with teachers can instill fear in the most mature of grown-ups. Here Karen Doherty and Georgia Coleridge smooth the path to happy two-way conversations.
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Can parents ever win the great food fight, asks our expert
Sunday Express magazine, 27 July, 2008
by Rachel Carlyle
“The most important thing is to step out of the fight, immediately,” advises Karen Doherty, co-author of Seven Secrets of Successful Parenting …
Today’s children have it all, so why do we give them yet more presents?
Sunday Express magazine, 6 December, 2009
by Rachel Carlyle
Karen Doherty [...] used to run herself ragged buying gifts for her friends’ children in the States. “I’d be spending days packing up 10 or more packages. It was a huge undertaking. But one year my closest friend said, why don’t we stop this? ” …
Let your children off the leash this summer
Extract from Country Life, 25 June, 2008
by Clive Aslet
Photo by Brian Moody
[...] As the co-author (with Karen Doherty) of the newly published Seven Secrets of Successful Parenting (Bantam Press), Georgia Coleridge should know something about filling school holidays. ‘The best thing they’ve done recently,’ she says of her four children, aged from nine to 17, ‘is build a tree house. They wedged a lot of wooden pallets in the branches, set up pulleys and got a whole lot of camouflage netting from an army surplus shop; it’s surprisingly cheap. It took a long time and is thrillingly dangerous because it is a all rather wonky.’ [...]
Childcare & Nursery News
Angels & Urchins, Spring 2008
The Trinny and Susannah of modern-day parenting, Karen Doherty and Georgia Coleridge have come up with seven types of parenting. Their book teaches parents to identify their own natural style of parenting and to borrow techniques from other types.
Cotswold Life, July 2008
By Katie Jarvis
Photography by Mark Fairhurst
Katie Jarvis meets the women who know just what to do when your child refuses to put his shoes on in the morning.
“I don’t believe it!” says Georgia Coleridge, looking at her friend and co-author Karen Doherty in surprise. “We’re wearing the same top!” It’s true. Though the styles are different, the rather fetching swirly pink pattern is identical. They may have come from houses 100 miles apart – one in the Cotswolds and one in London – and they may have completely different backgrounds (Karen was brought up in California while Georgia epitomises Englishness); but there’s no doubt these two friends think in similar fashion. And not just when choosing what to wear.
For their approach to the rigours of family life is so similar that the two of them got together to write a book: Seven Secrets of Successful Parenting (or how to achieve the almost impossible).
Prep School (IAPS Conference Edition), September 2009
The year ahead will be a difficult year for school Heads. As the financial thumbscrews of the recession clamp down on families, parents are becoming even more demanding: they want to justify the sacrifice they’re making for their child’s education and proof that it’s worth every penny.
Stressed parents are certainly more unreasonable. According to the Daily Telegraph, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of solicitors specialising in education law, who will side with disgruntled parents and ‘blow a hole in the arguments of the educational establishment’.
What kind of parent are you?
Yorkshire Post, May 2008
by Catherine Scott
A new book hopes to make life easier for every parent. Catherine Scott spoke to Karen Doherty and Georgia Coleridge about how they discovered the Seven Secrets of Successful Parenting.
Between them Karen Doherty and Georgia Coleridge have eight children and they had a lot to learn.
“We weren’t the only parents who were struggling: some of our friends were shattered from years of sleepless nights. Others were worrying because their children hated school and plenty more were panicking because their children refused to eat anything except junk food,” says Karen.
So they read endless parenting books.