‘Childcare guru helped me handle Tim’

She is the woman who taught Helena Bonham Carter to “parent” her partner. Childcare guru Noël Janis-Norton, 66, was employed by the actress to improve relations with her children, after the star found family life was “much harder than acting”.

But the Oscar nominee says the “Calmer, Easier, Happier Parenting” plan worked just as well on her film director partner Tim Burton.

Bonham Carter, 44, said her life has been transformed after she, Burton and their children’s nanny attended a seven-week course and private sessions with Ms Janis-Norton – while Burton is “a changed man”.

Son Billy Ray, seven, and two-year-old daughter Nell are also enjoying the change, according to their mother. “Tim used to say ‘Where’s such and such?’ and I would scurry around looking for it,” she said. “Now, I make him do it – and the same with the kiddies. It just stops you running around doing every single thing for them.”

Bonham Carter, nominated for a best supporting actress Oscar for her role as the future Queen Mother in The King’s Speech, said the course “has changed my life.

“I think because it has taken the stress out of parenting, or some of it at least, I’ll probably live 10 years longer. It makes people think for themselves instead of me, the mother, doing everything for them.”

Ms Janis-Norton said: “Helena came by herself to group class and I’ve had private sessions with her and Tim and the nanny. So it’s a united front they’re surrounding their children with. She’s extremely easy to work with because she’s very open and has a great sense of humour. It’s lovely, but the fact that she’s famous is not what makes it lovely. It’s so heart-warming to know that we’re contributing, making the world a better place.”

“She’s absolutely delightful to work with, very open, lots of fun and her children are very sweet.”

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