What our families have to say…
Sharon is the beloved nanny of our daughters, Grace (5) and Harriet (2), and has cared for them on a part time basis for the past year and a half. Sharon consistently interacts with the girls in a loving and fun way, nurturing their development and gently yet firmly guiding them on how to behave and treat others. We love how she fosters each daughter's confidence and individual strengths, and encourages them to think and act in a positive and thoughtful way.
Not only have the girls benefited from Sharon's insight and experience, my husband and I have also learnt a great deal from her approach, and the joy she brings to guiding little ones.
- Genevieve and Mark, Sydenham
I would have no hesitation in recommending Sharon to any family with children. She has and continues to be wonderful to our two children. She is able to create a gentle nurturing environment with an incredible balance of creativity and structure. With these gentle but consistent boundaries my children flourished and love their "shazzie". - Rani And Tom Balmain
Tom and I feel truly blessed to have her as part of our lives and she has always shown us an amazing amount of support and loyalty.
We had the pleasure of working with Sharon for 3 weeks, during her intensive parenting workshop. Her methods transformed our household from a stressful environment to a harmonious one. We have two little boys who can be quite a challenge at times (!) but the suggestions and information Sharon gave us worked really well and made a lot of sense to us and really helped to improve their behaviour.
We found the course content and guide book to be easy to follow and properly explained to us, and still now refer to it when we need some help.
Sharon is a really delightfully engaging person who is very easy to connect with and has a sense of fun. We felt comfortable and relaxed straight away talking with her. She went above and beyond with us to make sure we felt supported and on one occasion even offered to come over and mind our boys so we could go to dinner and have some couple time. We really appreciate her generosity and kindness and always know we can call her if we need further advice. Her follow up calls after the workshop have been ongoing and really appreciated.
In short, I would highly recommend this workshop to anyone seeking advice with parenting and relating to their children in a positive and productive way in order to optimise their behaviour and bring peace and joy to their home environment.
-Justin and Alison, Balmain
We chose Sharon to help raise our daughter on the basis of the close relationship she has with her own children. All three are a strong testament to her wonderful parenting skills that she lives by."
Isabella and other children I’ve seen Sharon with seem to want to be well behaved when they are with her. She is warm and generous and knows what makes kids tick.Sharon Cullington has been part of our children’s care both full and part time for more than three years. I’ve seen her not only with my children but also others and she seems to have a way that makes them all want to be well behaved. Her style of parenting seems to work for every child like magic!
-Julie and Mark, Balmain
Sharon’s own children are great examples of how her parenting skills raise really happy and respectful young adults. They also seem to really adore her and we believe that’s what every parent wants.
- Brooke Horne, Waverley
The day we met Sharon, we just knew she was going to be an amazing asset to our family. Going back to work after having a baby is the scariest thing. Will my baby be safe? Will she be happy? Will she get everything she needs? These were some of my many worries.
But, when Sharon walked through the door for our initial meeting, she had this amazing rush of love, comfort and nurture about her. My husband and I locked her in on the spot and we have never looked back. We have had Sharon with us for 5 months now, and it has been the best thing for our daughter. Not only is she learning that Daddy and Mummy will come home and she is safe, but that she is loved by other people.
When Sharon first started with us, our daughter wouldn't sleep for more than half hour periods throughout the day and she would need to be rocked to sleep in our arms every time. She would wake at 5:00am every morning (after 3 feeds a night!!!). Shazzy has now taught, not only our daughter to sleep better, but my husband and I have taken those skills to ensure our daughter continues with her amazing new habits. Ava now sleeps 3 times a day for 2 hours at a time, she goes to bed at 7:00pm and wakes up in the morning at 7:00am! Because Ava is sleeping better, she's eating better, she plays better and this makes for a very happy baby (and Daddy & Mummy).
I can honestly say that I can feel how much Shazzy cares for our daughter. They have a ball together and I know that Ava just loves her Shazzy!! Sharon has made our lives so much easier and we are so happy we found her! We love our Shazzy. -Nikki Aitchison, Balmain
I have been showing Lincoln all the super lovey dovey stuff as you said and yes, it works a treat…he loves it and puts his little head down with a cute, shy smile. I tell him to look at me with his beautiful blue eyes and I talk to him while he’s looking into my eyes…he seems to listen more when I do that too.
- Jinni and Richard, Annandale
Shazzie is lots of fun, she plays with me and she makes me feel happy
- Isabella 7 years, Balmain
Before Sharon arrived at our house we had been dealing with a two year old that was spiralling out of control. He was losing respect for us, his belongings, friends and his place in our family.
Behaviours such as running away, hitting, kicking and general defiance had become the norm and we were no longer able to deal with it. Cracks were showing in our family life, our relationship with our son, and each other.
Then along came Sharon/modern day Mary Poppins.
After a lengthy (free) phone conversation discussing the behaviours and how to overcome them my husband and I decided to book in a home visit. She arrived at our doorstep and after a brief chat with myself and my husband she swung into action. She observed our son interacting with us and when we were losing control she would step in and demonstrate the tone and body language we should be using. Within half an hour our son as responding like he hadn’t done so for months.
The changes in our parenting style have been a challenge because we were being far too soft, however Sharon was clear that the toughness is only short term while the family hierarchy is reinstated as our son finds his place. This statement is proving itself to be true!
Since her visit a week ago, our son has started to transform into a divine little man that we love to be around. He is becoming more and more affectionate and hitting/kicking have become a thing of the past. His running away has stopped and rarely needs reminders to use his manners.
What Sharon taught us, and what we had started doing, gave us the confidence to take our son out to a family dinner (at a nice restaurant) after a Babysitter cancelled and the little angel sat there for the whole dinner which ran almost two hours past his bed time. There were times that we needed to be tough, but they could be counted on one hand. 2 weeks ago we couldn’t even get through a coffee and cake in a cafe.
I’m also amazed that Sharon has made herself available for follow up calls and text messages when we have doubted ourselves or to help us find alternatives for tools that are no longer working.
Sharon has given us the confidence and the tools we needed for our family to start living in the harmony we all deserve and need. We will be forever grateful for her imparting her wisdom.
- Bonnie and Ollie, Freshwater
Sharon treats our children with respect and firmness, mixed generously with love, fun and magic. Within clear boundaries of right and wrong, she lets them express themselves and make their own choices. She allows them to learn by testing boundaries, but is there to encourage or explain the consequences.
She teaches the kids that the world is a happy, crazy place, full of simple things to enjoy. But also that there are rules and each person must act responsibly and thoughtfully. This is all done calmly and without fuss in a way that builds a very special relationship with the children, who absolutely adore her.
The true test of her approach is her strong relationship with her own three wonderful grown up children. Her son, Oliver, exhibits the same characteristics and is also a firm favourite with our children.
As a parent, I learn something new from watching Sharon interact with our children every week, and they benefit even more
-Natasha and Scott Ryall, Balmain