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MGC, 1984 Leaver

Tanith Carey is a national newspaper columnist and former foreign correspondent who now writes books which offer a lucid analysis of the most pressing challenges facing today’s parents.

Her ten publications to date have been translated into 15 languages. In 2019 they include What is my child thinking: Practical Child Psychology for Modern Parents and The Friendship Maze: How to help your child navigate their way to positive and happier Friendships

Taming the Tiger Parent - How to Put your Child’s Wellbeing First in a Competitive World  received praise as ‘a critique to re-orientate parenting’ from parenting expert Steve Biddulph,. It has also been cited in books by the world’s best-known educationalist, Sir Ken Robinson. 

Girls Uninterrupted: Steps for Building Stronger Girls in a Challenging Worl' and its predecessor, Where Has My Little Girl Gone? have also helped position Tanith as one of the UK media’s leading commentators on girls’ well-being.

As an award-winning journalist, Tanith also writes on social trends, parenting and family relationships for a wide range of newspapers and magazines around the world including The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and The Daily Mail.

She spent ten years at the Daily Mirror, including roles as Woman's Editor and Features Editor. Soon after the birth of her first child, Tanith was awarded Consumer Journalist of the Year (London Press Awards) – and later that year moved to New York as The Mirror's US Editor.

Tanith has also been nominated as National Newspaper Health Writer of the Year and for Feature Writer of the Year (popular press) at the 2017 UK Press Awards (Society of Editors). She has received a UK Press Gazette Scoop of the Year nomination for her investigative journalism.

Tanith is also a regular presence on household TV and radio programmes, including Radio Four Woman’s Hour and You and Yours and This Morning.

She attended Malvern Girls College for Sixth Form for 1982 to 1984, where she studied English, History and French before studying English Literature at Durham University and starting her journalism training.

What does success look like?

To me, success looks like finding a good balance between work and family - and being able to contribute to a greater understanding of ourselves, our family relationships and each other.

What’s your best piece of advice?

Identify your own 'spark' - the thing you would do by yourself even if no one else told you to do it - whether it's writing, making music, creating things, changing the world, or relating to other people - and then build a career around that, rather than what you think you SHOULD do. That way you cannot fail.