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The APUK Story

APUK launched as a non-profit company in January 2012 and we’re on a seemingly unstoppable growth curve – like a toddler who can’t sit still! From our beginnings as a home-made website built at night with sleeping children nearby, to winning a £10k Big Lottery grant to go-pro, we’ve walked hand-in-hand with an amazing community of loving, compassionate and dedicated parents who inspire what we do. Come and join the family!

Michelle McHale

Founder & Director


My other job is…

as a Reconnective Healing Foundational Practitioner having trained in Stockholm, Sweden and I love offering this to children.

What do you most love about mothering…

witnessing my girls independence and uninhibited joy and wonder – and giggles and hugs of course!

Seemingly crazy ambition…

to fund prime-time TV adverts advocating secure attachment and to advise government policy on children’s well-being

In my other life I’d have been a…

sequin-clad backing dancer or a doctor

The goal of parenting is…

practicing self-acceptance so my children can be exactly who they need to be

Biggest challenge in life…

standing in my own loving authority

Most people don’t know I:

love ‘5 Rhythms’ unstylised dance sessions – they have kept me going through the toughest of times and helped me rediscover who I am after several years of intense mothering

Attachment Parenting is…

a label, and also an excellent signpost for directing people to the support they need

Michael Brown

Director & Coach


My other job is…

as a role player/facilitator helping medical students enhance their communication skills and develop a more empathic approach to patients

Most surprising thing about parenting…

that despite a few mistakes along the way my children have grown to be true to themselves and gorgeous human beings

Scariest parenting moment…

rushing my dehydrated 2-week old son to hospital after inadequate breastfeeding support

In my other life I’d have been…

the rhythm guitarist with the Rolling Stones or a contemporary dancer.

The best thing about coaching…

is seeing my clients make self-empowering choices that transform their lives

Biggest challenge in life…

is to let go of any expectations of who I think my children should be

Most people don’t know I…

love working with wood and can light a fire with just a spark. I’m a rough & tumble pro!

Attachment Parenting is…

something I practiced with my 3 boys without knowing it had a name

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