The Parent Project is run by Sheena West and Sarah de Marcos, providing practical parenting advice through relaxed and friendly workshops.

Sheena and Sarah are experienced and accredited trainers who have supported hundreds of families and currently also work within schools. They are both parents themselves and share their own parenting anecdotes bringing real life experience and humour to their presentations.

“I was a bit nervous about coming but Sarah & Sheena are so lovely and immediately made me feel more confident as a parent. I am so glad that I did this and I think all parents should do it. I am going to spread the word. Thank you, thank you!”

“It reminded me of things I really ought to know and practice but had forgotten or become too worn out to keep trying.””

All workshops are small in size and the aim is to help parents feel more confident and empowered.

To book a place on a workshop or make an enquiry please contact or call 07554 527131.

Download a booking form here.

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We are accredited facilitators of the international award winning 'Triple P' Positive Parenting Programme and are members of Parenting UK. We work to the National Occupational Standards in parenting.

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All workshops can be delivered within a school setting allowing schools to offer practical support to meet the needs of their parents'.

"If I had my child to raise over again, I'd finger paint more, and point the finger less. I'd do less correcting, and more connecting. I'd take my eyes off my watch, and watch with my eyes. I would care to know less, and know to care more. I'd take more hikes and fly more kites. I'd stop playing serious, and seriously play. I'd run through more fields, and gaze at more stars. I'd do more hugging, and less tugging. I would be firm less often, and affirm much more. I'd build self-esteem first, and the house later. I'd teach less about the love of power, and more about the power of love. "

Diana Loomans, Poet

Teamwork or Tearing your Hair Out?

By Sarah de Marcos

29 October 2014


Are you on the same page as your partner with parenting? 

Would you like help in your own home to improve family life?

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We have… worked with hundreds of parents’ helping them to work as a team. The Parent Project will encourage you to find consistency in parenting skills such as setting boundaries, and appropriate discipline, resulting in happier families!

Sarah and Sheena offer individual consultations in your own home, allowing you the time to discuss concerns and will gently guide you with practical ideas and solutions.

Each session will last approx. 1.5 – 2hrs and will include pre-meeting evaluations/questionnaires and follow up emails outlining the session.

Cost of initial consultation: £55

Subsequent home visits: £45 per hour

*  if travel within 15 mile radius of Haslemere – additional travel costs may apply if further.

Contact us for more information.


By Sheena West

26 September 2014

PARENTS APART:  2 part course for separated/divorced parents


This workshop has been so helpful in making me aware of how my children may be feeling and how to support them at this difficult time in our lives” Parent

Workshop objectives:

  • Raise awareness of the effect of separation on the child/children
  • Give options and ideas about how to change things for the better by improving communication skills and promoting workable solutions
  • Developing strong parent/child relationships after separation

Supportive and welcoming environment.  Small group of 8 parents max.

* Ex-partners do not attend the same course.



By Sarah de Marcos

6 October 2014

TENSIONS & TEENS A fun and informative 1 day workshop for all parents of teens (suggested from age 10+).   During the day, we will share lots of top tips and great advice around supporting teenagers.

COST:                 £60 per person (includes lunch, refreshment and workshop resources)


Comments from parents who attended our last workshop:

“Meeting with other parents of teens is a fantastic benefit in addition to all the advice on the workshop – thank you”

“There was a relaxed feel about the day. Great to listen to others stories and have a few laughs. I left feeling empowered and inspired!”

Workshop objectives:

  • Identify factors that play a role in your teenager’s behaviour
  • How to improve communication
  • How to develop a positive relationship with your teenager
  • Learn how to deal calmly with your teenager’s emotional behaviour
  • How to help your teenager become independent

You will be assured of a relaxed and welcoming environment, where you won’t be judged and parents are all valued and respected.   We hope to inject humour and fun into our presentations, so you will hopefully leave refreshed and re-charged.

“Because parenting is the hardest job in the world”….

Tips for starting school

By Sarah de Marcos

27 September 2014

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Starting school is such a big step and one that parents undoubtedly find both exciting and terrifying at the same time.

When my son started school I remember the anticipation of dressing him in his newly purchased uniform; gleaming new school shoes and crisp white polo shirt.  Little did I realise how scuffed those shoes would become and how fast he would grow, seemingly needing a new pair of shoes every term!

Looking back on those early school days, I wish I had taken the time to relish every milestone rather than rush through to the next.  My son was a ‘summer baby’ born in July and was seemingly always trying to ‘catch up’ with his peers.  My second son was a ‘September baby’ so had already mastered many skills before he joined his classmates.  Both boys learnt at their own pace and have achieved the end goal of leaving education with successful results, but more importantly happy and healthy!

There certainly was a great deal of competition between parents and milestones where often discussed in the playground each afternoon like ‘golden nuggets’.  It was hard sometimes to come away feeling positive and I am sure some parents purposely hung back not wanting to be drawn into the competitive discussion.

Where we as parents can help most is to focus on the positives of school and keep our own competitive natures in check.  It is too easy to focus on the negatives and children will pick up on this quickly, by focusing in on a child’s strengths we are increasing their self-esteem which is essential for their emotional health.

If you have a child due to start school this September there are lots of little things you can do to start to prepare them for ‘Big School’ such as:-

  • Help to show them how to dress themselves – they will need to do this for PE
  • Make sure that clothes are easy to get on and off – tights for girls can be tricky
  • Get them to practice hanging their coat and bag on a hook
  • Help little boys come to terms with using urinals (check if your school has these) – you won’t believe the number of little boys who have never used one!
  • Make sure they can clean themselves after going to the toilet – accidents happen of course and be sure to pack clean pants etc or check with your child’s school.
  • During the summer holiday practice eating with knives and forks and opening tricky packages such as drinks bottles or unwrapping items if having a packed lunch.
  • A good tip for helping them put their shoes on the right feet is to cut a picture sticker such as a truck in half and paste inside each shoe, so they can match up the picture.

Most schools would ideally like for children starting school to have learnt these skills but again don’t stress if your child hasn’t mastered the technique yet, remember they are learning every day and some just need a little longer.

The good news about children is that they are extremely adaptable and will learn at their own pace.  I am delighted to report that my ‘summer baby’ obtained a string of very respectable GCSE grades, A levels and is now at University, despite coming home most afternoon in Reception Year with his trousers on back to front!

Family Grapevine Magazine

By Sarah de Marcos

28 June 2014

Find us in the July issue of ‘Family Grapevine’ magazine.

Pick up your copy via schools, local libraries and other community venues.  You will find listings of events for the summer and lots more!


Tweens and Teens

By Sarah de Marcos

10 June 2014

If you are reading this post, chances are you have a ‘Tween’ or a ‘Teen’ in your household!

Both Sheena and I have experience of parenting our own teens, and can empathise with parents who come to us saying that they find this age the most challenging.

It is the period where you may find yourself ‘all at sea’, and the realisation that previous parenting strategies are just not working anymore.  As this is a time of rapid change both physically and emotionally for your son or daughter, equally it can leave  parents feeling powerless and apprehensive.

We love this quote by Rob Parsons, which we feel, sums up teenagers perfectly:

“Teenagers are neither the child they once were, nor the adult they will become”.   

So, if you are feeling a bit bewildered about how best to guide your child through the teenage years, or just want to meet other parents and gain lots of really useful tips and strategies, then check out our 1 day workshop ‘Tensions & Teens’……..

Friendly advice….not preached at…..

By Sarah de Marcos

12 May 2014

We know that our workshops are great fun and full of good advice, but as a parent how would you know that?

Parents who attended our Tensions & Teens workshop this past Saturday in Alton had the following to say about the day:-

“Sheena and Sarah were so friendly and made us feel very welcome.”

“It made me feel like I was doing ok but helped me realise that I could do better”

“I loved Sarah and Sheena’s warm approach”

” It was full of useful advice with well presented material which was well structured.  Sarah and Sheena were friendly and approachable leaders”

“I liked the clarity of information and the informal presentation style, which contained good ideas to try at home.  Very enjoyable workshop!”

“It was nice and informal and all the parents are going through similar problems. Also we were not preached too”

“I really liked Sarah and Sheena’s humour and to hear the parenting ideas”

If you have a teenager or a child approaching the teen years, then why not come along to our next workshop on Saturday 13 September 2014 at The Alton Maltings.   But remember to book early as places are filling up now!



Are you a technophobe or a technophile?  Do you worry about what your kids might be accessing online?

We are aware that living in the new digital age puts new pressures on our children that we did not have to face.  Parents tell us that it is a constant worry and that they feel disempowered not knowing what to do to help.

During this presentation we will explain the risks associated with being online including use of social media and gaming.  The information provided will give you an understanding of potential risks and how to take simple measures to help keep your whole family safe online.

“You don’t know what you don’t know”  Parent

What’s covered:-

  • Social Media (Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat etc)
  • Gaming (Xbox etc)
  • Cyberbullying
  • Parental Controls
  • Reporting concerns

Next workshop – TBC




Parent testimonials….

By Sarah de Marcos

22 January 2014

What lovely testimonials from parents who attended our last ‘Tensions & Teens’ workshop:-

“There was a relaxed feel about the day. Great to listen to others stories and have a few laughs. I left feeling empowered and inspired!”

“I liked the fact that Sarah and Sheena made us feel that you weren’t alone with your concerns and they really listened!”

“Great advice given about how to cope with teen behaviours and I really liked the supportive group atmosphere”

“Sheena and Sarah made everyone feel very welcome and at ease. The number of participants was perfect and allowed us to get to know each other through the group activities”

“Friendly presentation”

“It was relevant, fun and I learn alot!”

“Really enjoyed the balance of group work, watching DVD clips and practical advice/problem solving”

“Friendly and approachable environment”