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

THE TROUBLE WITH WORRY: 16th January 2016

By Sarah de Marcos

28 November 2015

THE TROUBLE WITH WORRY: How to support children who struggle with anxiety. For parents of any age child.

Some children find that change, uncertainty or progress makes them feel very worried and anxious.

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These anxieties can express themselves in many different ways and can sometime leave parents wondering what to do in order to help them. In addition parents can experience their own strong emotions in reaction to their child’s anxiety.

Workshop objectives:

  • Provide information about why children become anxious.
  • Give some very practical tips and strategies for reducing your child’s level of anxiety.

“This workshop was really helpful to me and I have left feeling so positive.  I have learnt lots about myself and how I respond to my child” Mr S

“It was brilliant meeting with other parents and hearing that I was not alone” Mrs A

Saturday 16th January 2016

9.30 am – 1pm

The Alton Maltings Centre, Avenue Close, Alton, Hampshire




By Sarah de Marcos

30 November 2015

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

For parents of children aged 2 – 8 years approx.

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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”

Saturday 27th February 2016

9.30am – 1pm

The Alton Maltings Centre, Alton, Hampshire GU34 1DT 

Cost: £45 pp (to include resources and refreshment)

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

Looking for family friendly events locally?…

By Sarah de Marcos

5 November 2015

At the Parent Project we know how important it is for parents to know about local events that are family friendly.

Why not check out the following websites for lots of great ideas and information.  You will also find The Parent Project listed within!

Netmums  – local pages with advice/chat/directory

Supermum Surrey –   Directory and blog

Surrey Mummy  – noticeboard/chat and local events

Mumsnet – local pages for advice/chat/directory listings

Get Surrey  – events all over surrey

Happy browsing :)







1:1 phone consultations

By Sarah de Marcos

20 September 2015

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Telephone support for busy parents…

Our 1:1 telephone consultations take place at a time to suit you and provide bespoke support to help you feel empowered and inspired in your parenting.

Telephone coaching enables you to confidentially discuss specific problems with an experienced parent coach,  in the comfort of your own home.

We will agree a time to call you, initially we suggest a 1.5 hour session followed by a  further 60minute session(s) to allow for specific strategies and goals to be set and monitored.

Our parent coaches will support you throughout the process in a non-judgemental and caring manner.  Our aim is to build confidence in parenting and provide reassurance and guidance.

Priced at £60 for 1.5 hour initial consultation.

£45 for further 1 hour consultations.

*Pre-book three sessions for £125

To book or for further information please email us at

PARENTS APART:  2 part course for separated parents

New date to be announced

The Community Room, Liphook Infant School, Avenue Close, Liphook GU30 7QE

Cost: £45 for both sessions (includes workbook)


*Concessions for parents attending Liphook, Liss, Greatham, Grayshott & Bordon Schools in East Hampshire.

To book your place or to enquire please contact us at:


This workshop, written by ‘Relate’ will give you information on the divorce/separation process, and how this can affect you and your children.  During the course we will look at how you can change things for the better.  The workshop is limited to 8 parents which ensures a supportive and welcoming environment.  You will receive a copy of the Parents Apart workbook to keep.




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


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


Small group size.  There is no requirement to share personal information and you will be assured of a warm welcome and a chance to meet other parents.

* Ex-partners do not attend the same course.









By Sarah de Marcos

10 May 2015


For all parents of pre-teens (suggested from age 8 – 12 years).

Do you have a difficult pre-teen at home?  Perhaps you are worried about the years ahead?

We understand that being a parent of a pre-teen can be challenging.  It can be a time that they struggle with transitions such as moving schools, wanting to be more independent, not to mention hormones!

Come and meet other parents and learn ways to help you child navigate this time in their lives.



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

Workshop objectives:

  • Identify factors that play a role in your pre-teens behaviour
  • How to improve communication
  • Learn how to deal calmly with your pre-teens emotional behaviour
  • How to help your pre-teen 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.

Spring/Summer 2015

By Sheena West

24 March 2015

Events for parents – Spring_Summer 2015

Great feedback from you……..

By Sheena West

14 March 2015

We thought we would share some of the great feedback we received from parents that attended yesterday’s workshop, ‘The Trouble with Worry’:

“What helped you most today and what will you try?”

The workshop was really useful with lots of exercises to take way. It helped to normalise anxiety – Thanks!

Some of my Children’s anxieties could be alleviated if I alter my behaviour.

Really useful and some great tools for dealing with little worriers! Thank you

I found the ‘grounding techniques’ and will use them with my son to bring him to the ‘here and now’.

Very interesting morning, thank you!  I am aware now of being there but not needing to ‘fix’ things for my child.

I will take away the knowledge that I shouldn’t assume I know what my child is anxious about and sometimes should just listen.

Particularly useful in terms for identifying when anxiety occurs and why..

Such a great morning – really enjoyed meeting other parents and learning new strategies to help both myself and my child.  Thank you both :)



By Sarah de Marcos

11 March 2015

For parents of children aged 12 – 16 years

Most parents would agree that the teenage years present challenges for all!

We recognise that parenting a teenager is not only demanding but sometimes isolating.

Come along to this event, meet other parents ‘in the same boat’ and gain some fresh ideas!

Sarah and Sheena will share experience of working with young people throughout their work in schools and own families. You will be assured of a warm and friendly environment without being judged.

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  • Identify factors that play a role in your teenager’s behaviour
  • How to talk to teens so they listen!
  • Learn how to remain calm when emotions run high
  • How you can help your teenager become more independent
  • How to manage risk taking behaviours

Please contact us to register an interest for this workshop – new dates to be published September 2015

Cost: £45 pp – includes tea/coffee


Big School, Little Steps…..workshop for schools

By Sarah de Marcos

5 February 2015

Our new workshop, ‘Big School, Little Steps’ has been written with parents of Year R and Year 1 children in mind.

This two hour workshop gives parents an overview of how to help their child become more independent and understand common behaviours.

During the session we talk about ‘Positive Parenting’ and discuss common ‘Parent Traps’.  Parents will have a chance to discuss certain behaviours and become more self-aware.  We will give lots of tips and strategies for teaching new skills and behaviours to children and how to manage more problematic behaviours such as tantrums.

If you would like to book this workshop for parents in your school, please contact Sarah & Sheena at:

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