Who We Are

Who We Are

Nadim Saad

Founder

Nadim Saad is a Parenting Coach and the author of five books including the highly acclaimed Kids Don’t Come With a Manual and Raising Confident Kids.

Nadim drew from the latest research in child psychology and neuroscience, as well as his own experience as a father of three, to develop a programme of effective tools that have changed the lives of thousands of families.

Nadim is also a regular speaker on parenting themes for leading companies such as Barclays, HSBC, Google & JP Morgan, and he has been featured in leading media publications such as The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, The Guardian and the BBC.

Discover why Nadim founded Happy Confident Me below.

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Annabel Rosenhead
Senior Consultant

An experienced Psychotherapist and Coach of 20 years, as well as a parent, Annabel’s professional mission at Happy Confident Me is

to create the opportunity for children to develop healthy self-acceptance and strong emotional intelligence in their formative years.

From her extensive experience, Annabel has developed a strong belief that if we gained self-understanding and these skills as children, we would lead more satisfying lives, experience less emotional pain and be able to truly thrive as adults.

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Cherie Cowan Smith
Trainer and Advisor
Cherie is part of the training team at Happy Confident Me and is also the Chief Executive of CherieTheParentCoach.

She has a Bachelor of Education degree with honours.

Cherie has a wealth of experience of working with children, parents and teachers in various establishments over thirty years; initially as a nursery nurse for five years and then 27 years as a Primary school teacher.

Cherie is also a parent, mentor, coach and a parenting tutor in adult education.

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Our Founder’s Story

I have coached thousands of parents over the years either face to face or via seminars and webinars and I used to be regularly asked by parents if I could also train their kids.

I did feel working with children and teaching them some of the skills I was sharing with their parents would be really beneficial, but I was too focused on working with parents to do anything about it. That is until an event that really struck me and made me decide to radically change my vision.

 

” I Hate Myself “

One day, my 8-year-old daughter told me “I hate myself”.

This left me feeling really troubled. I’d noticed she didn’t look as happy and seemed more sensitive than usual, and she was sometimes being ‘mean’ to her sisters, but her strong statement came as a shock.

I had a meaningful conversation with her and it turned out that she was feeling this way for two key reasons:

  1. She felt ‘average’, an increasingly common issue in our day and age. Although she was doing well academically, several of her friends had ‘natural talents’; one was a great gymnast, the other a great ballet dancer, etc.
  2. She felt like a ‘bad’ person because she was being mean to her sisters and sometimes to her friends. She thought her behaviour defined her as a person (which is something children often do).

My Life Purpose

This event moved me so much that I decided to make it my life’s purpose to ensure that all children, whatever their character, background or level of confidence, are able to feel happy and confident in their own skin. My aspiration is that kids saying ‘I hate myself’ or ‘I feel average’ will become a thing of the past.

To achieve this, I realised it was essential for children to develop their metacognition (the awareness and understanding of their own thinking process) and how their thoughts affect their feelings and behaviour. I worked with experienced therapists and teachers to create programmes that blend cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) with techniques adapted to children, as well as ways to nurture their emotional resilience, growth mindset and mindfulness.

Parents and Children working as a team

We delivered these programmes to children and the result was extremely positive. Nevertheless, we soon realised parents want to know more about these teachings, so they can reinforce the learning with their children. As it’s also essential for children to feel understood by their parents, it was clear we had to involve the parents and to work on the family. My purpose therefore became to work on strengthening the parent-child relationship so kids feel more listened to and understood by their parents.

My team and I adapted our programmes to develop new tools to strengthen the family bond and make families feel like a united team. The objective is for every child to realise that even though it’s important to challenge themselves and always do their best – by developing their growth mindset, they are unique and ‘enough’ just as they are and they are loved and connected to their parents.

If every family was equipped with the right tools, the overall happiness and confidence of younger generations and families overall would be so much higher. Mental health issues would also significantly decrease. This is what the Happy Confident Me movement is all about.

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