We are Anita Cleare and Nicky Runeckles. As parents of teenagers, we struggled to find a non-judgemental network where we could be honest about the hurt and challenges of parenting teenagers. So we set up Whatever Together.
We brought a few skills with us and a lot of stubbornness, plus the backing of an amazing bunch of supporters through the Whatever Together crowdfunding campaign. We are so proud to have created a truly supportive space where parents of teenagers can talk openly and find the hope and resilience to keep going – whatever is going on with your teenager.
Nicky is a digital mental health expert with a focus on children and young people (www.monticola.co.uk). She works with leading mental health and healthtech organisations supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.
Anita is a parenting speaker and coach and Director of the Positive Parenting Project (www.anitacleare.co.uk). She has an academic background in developmental psychology and advises parents on all aspects of parenting and children’s behaviour and well-being. Anita’s first book ‘The Work/Parent Switch’ was published in April 2020.
We are grateful to every one of the 124 supporters who donated money to help found Whatever Together. As well as to the many more who have contributed to this idea, shared our story and helped us grow. Every single one of you has made a huge difference. Special thanks go to Mark and Kimberly Lovegrove, Tony Cleare, SuperBetter and to our Diamond Donors, David Cole and Clive Flashman.