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 info@theparentproject.co.uk or call 07554 527131.

Download a booking form here.

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ABOUT US

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

If you have a teenager then this workshop is a must!

By Sarah de Marcos

12 March 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.

Saturday 13 September 2014  – 9.30am – 3.30 pm

The Alton Maltings Centre Alton GU34 1DT

9.30am – 3.30pm

Cost: £40 per person to include light lunch, refreshments and workshop resources

. Eventbrite - Tensions & Teens: workshop for parents

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”….

Family Grapevine Magazine

By Sarah de Marcos

28 June 2014

Find us in the July issue of ‘Family Grapevine’ magazine.  www.thefamilygrapevine.co.uk/guildford-haslemere-farnham/

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!

 

PARENTS APART

By Sheena West

24 April 2014

PARENTS APART

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”

FOR:               Parents who are separated or divorced with any age children

DATE:            To be confirmed – please register interest.

If you are concerned about how your children will cope with the break-up of your relationship, then this two part workshop is for you. Take time out to meet other parents in similar situations and find ways to support  your children through. This workshop will help you manage the practical and emotional aspects of being co-parents living apart.

Workshop objectives:

  • Learning how to be co-parents Communication
  • How to tell your children what is happening
  • Developing strong parent/child relationships after separation

The workshop is small in size and parents will only share information that they are comfortable sharing.  There is a very supportive and welcoming environment where no-one is judged.  Please note that it is recommended that only one parent attends at a time.

If you have any queries about the workshop, please do not hesitate to contact us for more information.

 

ONLINE RISKS & DANGERS

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”

 

 

WHO’S IN CHARGE?

By Sarah de Marcos

21 January 2014

WHO’S IN CHARGE?  Well as parents’ we are of course….but are we?

Come and join us for this workshop. where you will meet other parents in a safe and relaxing environment.  We will be looking at how to encourage appropriate behaviour and how to cope with tantrums, bedtime & homework battles and lots more!

“I have learnt strategies that are simple to use, but have made a big difference to our family – far fewer arguments”

FOR: Parents of children aged 2– 10 years approx

£40 per person to inlcude light lunch – Booking essential

Workshop objectives:

  • Meet other parents in a safe and welcoming envioronment and have fun!
  • Identify factors that may be influencing your child’s behaviour
  • Set goals for change in your child’s behaviour
  • How to encourage desirable behaviour and set realistic boundaries
  • Learn strategies for teaching your child new skills

 

What parents say about our workshops……

By Sarah de Marcos

8 January 2014

We think our workshops are FAB, but don’t just take our word for it!  Take a look at these glowing testimonials from parents attending ‘Who’s in Charge?’ workshop recently. Thank you to all the lovely mums and dads that attended – your feedback is greatly appreciated.

“Very informative. Not at all patronising. Motivational and inspiring. Course leaders were very approachable and down to earth.”

“It was real, relaxed and hit the nail on the head”

“The format, the topics covered and the chance to share experiences with other parents”

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

“Positive approach, good refresher, not preaching at us and criticising current practice”

 ”Plenty of opportunity to discuss individual problems and share ideas”

 ”Relaxed and fun atmosphere but full of fantastic advice. Great trainers, such a valuable day”

 ”The speakers were very approachable and struck a great raport with the parents very quickly. The pace was very measured and well planned”