Kerry Secker is a paediatric sleep consultant and the founder of Kerry Cares Parenting; home of the Care It Out sleep approach. She is on a mission to share the care with parents so that you don’t have to sleep train. Improving your whole family’s sleep with an approach that is sensible, logical and caring.
I met Kerry on a post natal course after I struggled with sleep routines. Kerry’s valuable advice was simple and easy to understand, even on two hours sleep. After my session with Kerry, I was able to put some of her wonderful advice into action that very day and we got instant results.
Kerry not only runs a sleep consultancy but also hosts a radio show on UK Health Radio, where I appeared as a guest earlier this year.
Today Kerry talks Sleep, what it takes to run a successful sleep consultancy, her fabulous radio show and who she would invite over for the ultimate dinner party
Tell us a bit about yourself?
Thank you so much Donna for inviting me on to the blog, I’m so excited to be on here
Hello! Kerry Secker here (do I need to use my surname? My parents always say it sounds so formal but I am so used to saying it) I’m the founder of Kerry Cares Parenting and the Care It Out sleep approach. I’ve tons of sleep expertise that I want to share with tired parents but I’m insistent that the only expert of a small person is their parents.
I’m passionate about getting families that settled night’s sleep by following their instincts, doing what feels right for them AND meeting everyone’s emotional needs. My approach is about finding a reason behind a sleep struggle (100% not the parents fault!) and a caring way forward.
I love to talk, sleep and talk about sleep so I was born to do this gig! I’m also a big fan of fizz, finding joy in the little things, big necklaces and cute crockery.
I’m generally a very calm and positive person but can get a little over excited at times. I’ve a filthy sense of humor which can take people by surprise, love a bit of toilet talk (who doesn’t?) and am very easily distracted. Think it’s why I love kids and enjoyed working as a nanny for 17 years!
Tell us about Kerry Cares Parenting and what gave you the idea to start?
Kerry Cares is ME and it’s literally my baby. I offer friendly and non-judgmental sleep support to sleep deprived parents who don’t want to sleep train or use controlled crying via my sleep services.
Kerry Cares has always been there starting way back when I first started out as a Nanny. I realized very early on in my career that controlled crying just didn’t feel inductively right to me but thought there was no other way. Over time as I talked to the parents I was working alongside, they told me that they weren’t too happy about it either. I’m a very logical and practical person so I just knew there had to be another way. So I turned by back on my training, followed my instincts and realized there was another way. A much more logical and caring way! I become the nanny, person in the park and friend who could help get small ones to sleep and it just sleep snowballed from there.
When I moved back to London after working abroad as a Nanny for 6 years I didn’t even know what a sleep consultant was or that they existed! I loved my job as Nanny so much but I also knew I had so much sleep shizzle to share. It all came together when I worked for the best family ever and knew that after these I didn’t want to work for anyone else as they couldn’t be topped. When the youngest went to school I went part time and officially set up Kerry Cares and I haven’t looked back. The family went on to have another child but sadly I was so busy with the bed business I didn’t go back.
Describe your typical day?
Every day is so different which suits me perfectly! I try to get up early, meditate and exercise every day then it’s a massive cup of coffee and on to getting the sleep shiz done.
My days are then split between working one to one with families, phone consultations and running my popular sleep sessions across London and Essex. There’s also the blogs, radio show and social media to be getting on with. Then there’s general life to live so I am kept fairly busy!
Even on my busiest day I always try to have reflective periods and stillness in my day. It really helps to keep me balanced and sane!
What would you say is the most important thing in running a successful business? What has been the greatest lesson you have learnt?
The most important thing to running a business is to be *you* as this is the one thing no one else has got but it took me a long time to get this!
The greatest lesson I’ve learnt is that you have to really want it and showing up is key as it takes time to build up a business.
What has been a highlight of your career to date?
Ah I’ve had so many amazing moments and I try to celebrate every single one! At the start everything was a highlight and all so exciting. It still is of course but it does change and slow down. That’s why it’s important to keep things fresh! It’s hard to give just one but getting asked to talk at a Mother’s Meeting is up there as well as being asked to host my own radio show.
What do you think it takes to be a Girl Boss?
Determination, belief in yourself, a great idea and time
Not only are you an amazing sleep consultant, you also have your own radio show. Tell us more about your show and what is next on your horizon?
Yes I do and it’s very exciting! It’s hosted over at www.ukhealthradio.com and my show Supporting Your Child’s Sleep With Care
It’s still very early days yet but it’s fun and I’m enjoying it. I don’t know where it’s going to go or lead to.. never thought I would be where I am now but here we are!
People are always telling me to write a book.. so watch this space
After work, how do you find time to relax?
I go for a run, cook and hang out with my husband and friends
What are your top five tips for starting a successful business?
- Be flexible: done is better than perfect and things can be changed/tweaked as you go along
- Believe in yourself: fake it until you make it
- Be yourself: people want to see you and hear your story
- Don’t get bogged down in having the swankiest website, social media or literature.
- Enjoy and celebrate every little success!
If you could give one piece of advice to any new parent, what would it be?
If your small one is sleep struggling it’s NOT your fault and you’re not doing anything wrong. If you do want to move your sleep forward you don’t have to wait it out OR cry it we can care it out.
If you were to host the ultimate dinner party and you could invite anyone in the world, who would be on your guest list?
Mary Berry, Prince (if I could turn back time) and Tom Hardy.
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