MEET THE MAMA // Sally Pearse


Who are you?

I am Sally Pearse, a Lancastrian happily living in exile with my husband Terence and our two children (or adults), Alex (20) and Liberty (19)


Where are you from?

I am originally from Manchester but came to Sheffield as a student on the recommendation of my parents as they had been happy newlyweds here when my Dad was posted to Sheffield for National Service (his friends were send to Aden and Belize and the furthest he got was Norton Airfield).  I loved Sheffield from the moment I arrived and have never wanted to leave


What do we need to know about you?

I have had a variety of careers over the years – Civil Servant, Trade Union Activist, Teacher, Community Development Worker, Family Centre Manager and now University Lecturer. I passionately believe that the early years of a child’s life are crucial and that early years services can play a vital role in community development and support. I have trained as a Thrive Practitioner and Trainer as I recognised during my years of teaching that we get very little guidance on how to support young children’s emotional development.
I love running and am now joined in this pursuit by Alex and Liberty but sadly have gone from being the fastest in the family to the slowest in a very short space of time.


Where can we find your business/product

I don’t have a business or a product but you can find out more about Thrive at


What is your favourite thing to do as a family?

My children are now adults but still at home and finding something that we all want to do at the same time is a challenge. We do unite around football (as long as I agree that Everton are the best team) and food so a meal out before a game is probably the best bet.


Top mama tip

Try not to see challenging behaviour as defiance or directed at you – managing feelings and behaviour takes time and support. If you can it is better to take the approach that it is not that they won’t, it is just that they can’t yet.


Your mama confession…..

I am not sure I can complete this honestly without jeopardising my job but my children might say cajoling them to climb various hills and peaks with the offers of medals that never materialised or the time that my daughter got her head stuck through some railings while on my watch or……..

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