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.

Parenting UK


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


By Sarah de Marcos

12 March 2014


“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!”

FOR: Parents of young people aged 10 – 16 years

Alton:  Saturday 10th May 2014 – The Alton Maltings Centre  ONLY 2 PLACES LEFT

Liphook:  Saturday 28th June 2014 – Bohunt, Longmoor Road, Liphook – BOOKING NOW

9.30am – 3.30pm

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

This workshop looks at how to improve communication with your teenager and how you can help them navigate the path to adulthood and independence. A must for all parents of children approaching the teenage years!

Workshop objectives:

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


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:-

Tuesday 17th June 2014

7pm – 9pm – The Community Room, Liphook Infant School, Liphook, Hants

Cost: £10 pp

Booking essential – please download booking form or email us at:



Workshops in Alton…

By Sarah de Marcos

4 February 2014

We are pleased to announce that The Parent Project will be running workshops at The Alton Maltings Centre this Spring…

Tensions & Teens – Saturday 10th May 2014 – 9.30am - 3.30pm

Cost: £40 per person (to include light lunch and refreshments)

To book a place please contact us at:

alton maltings

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”




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”



Perfect parent?

By Sarah de Marcos

7 June 2013

We love this quote:-

“There is no way to be a PERFECT parent, but a MILLION ways to be a good one”


Reward charts

By Sheena West

28 March 2013

Reward Charts now available!   Instead of using stickers our charts are re-useable and can be made in any topic to suit your child.  Decide what behaviour or skill your child can be rewarded for and when successful let them choose which piece they would like to stick on to the main picture. Once three pieces have been attached they can choose a reward ( see also Reward bags) Details of how to use the chart most effectively are on the back of each chart.

If you would like to order a chart please email  Payment by cheque or BACS. Details will be sent via email on receipt of order.

If you would like a chart in a design that we haven’t got then please let us know.

Price: £4.40 (includes 1st class p&p)

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Reward bags

By Sheena West

28 March 2013

We can now supply you with a bag full of small treats to reward your childrens success. Children love to choose something from the bag and by refilling as needed you can keep the rewards fresh and exciting!

Each bag has 8 items : Character pencil, foam shapes, make a key ring, sunflower seeds, novelty eraser, sheet of stickers, bubbles, paints.   Content/colour may vary slightly from image.

The bags differ for boys and girls.

If you would like to order a bag please email us at Payment will be by cheque or BACS. Details will be sent via email on receipt of order.

£6.70 (inc. 1st class p&p)