Melissa Hood is the founding director of The Parent Practice. Born in Australia, she was educated there and in Singapore, moving to London with her husband, John Hood. Melissa's degrees are in Law and History and she worked as a solicitor. She and John are the parents of a daughter and two sons. When her youngest was born she changed career to spend more time at home, working part time as a decorative painter. Melissa completed the Teacher Training Programme (New Learning Centre) in 1998. She was a Parenting Facilitator there for 6 years, running parenting skills classes, workshops and parent and family consultations. Melissa is an Effective Parenting Educator as trained by Bonnie Harris. TheParent Practice was set up in 2004 and since then she has led hundreds of classes. She has a Certificate in Systemic Family Therapy (Birkbeck) and is trained in NLP, Group dynamics, Non-verbal communication and Supporting Separated Families. She is the first UK Gottman Certified Educator to lead Bringing Baby Home Workshops. She took a parenting class when one of her sons, diagnosed with dyslexia, was in trouble at school with impulsive, aggressive and disruptive behaviour. Melissa and John wanted to address the behaviour, as well as help him academically. The advice transformed their family life as they learnt how to understand their children’s needs better, communicate more positively and improve their confidence.