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Saturday 8th June 2019

Positive Parenting Skills Workshops

Busy Rascals, in conjunction with Maple Walk School, are delighted to be running another series of positive parenting skills workshops. Please see below details of our upcoming workshops and events:

Busy Rascals NW2 Presents “Q&A Parenting (Discipline, Behaviour, Sleep, Eat, Potty Training And More) Workshop with Bestselling Parenting author Sarah Ockwell-Smith For Parents and Carers of Toddlers and Preschoolers Aged 16 months old to 5 years old”

Date And Time of this Workshop

Saturday 8th June 2019

9.00am – 12.30pm

Location of this workshop

Maple Walk School, 62 Crownhill Rd, London NW10 4EB.

About This Workshop

Join international bestselling parenting author, Sarah Ockwell-Smith, for a three hour relaxed question and answer session at Busy Rascals held at Maple Walk School. Sarah will take audience questions in advance of the session (and on the day if there is time) and then spend the session answering them in depth, so that the session is uniquely tailored to attendees and their pressing concerns.

Sarah is running two sessions on the day:

1. For parents (or carers) of 0-15 month olds, or those who are currently expecting their first baby

2. For those who are parents (or carers) of 16month olds to 5 year olds.

This booking is for those wishing to book the session aimed at parents or carers of toddlers and preschoolers aged 16 month olds to 5 year olds.

16month to 5 year session

Sarah will be answering questions submitted to Busy Rascals, the organiser, before the event (note – questions must be received by 5pm on the 4th of June, to guarantee a reply on the day of the event). It is expected that this event will cover the following topics:

  • Tantrums, whining, not listening and violent behaviour (biting, hitting and so on)
  • Introducing a new baby to the family
  • Sibling rivalry
  • Picking/fussy eating
  • Choosing a nursery and settling in
  • Choosing and starting school
  • Sleep (moving from a cot to bed, early morning waking, bedtime resistance, night waking, night terrors)
  • Potty training (when, how and common problems)

Questions to be emailed to by 5pm on Tuesday 4th June.

Non-Refundable Tickets.

Super Early bird discounts available.

Please book early to avoid disappointment.

Limited CDs/books will be available to purchase at the workshop. Payment in cash only for these products.

Please note that Busy Rascals NW2 has also organised “Q&A Parenting (Sleep, Starting Solids, Developmental Milestones, Play And More) Workshop with Bestselling Parenting author Sarah Ockwell-Smith For Parents and Carers of Babies 0-15 months old”

This is on the same date but in the afternoon at 1pm-4.30pm. This is also led by Sarah Ockwell-Smith and will be held at the same venue Maple Walk School, NW10. Please check the link above for more information and to book. Discount available for those booking on both workshops:

Babes in arms welcome. No tickets required for babies.

Ticket T&Cs

By buying a ticket for this event you agree that your contact details will be shared with our workshop facilitator of this event and that you may appear in videos or pictures of this event to be used in our marketing material and social media channels.

Please note that tickets are non-refundable. However, in the unforeseen situation whereby the event has to be cancelled by either the Workshop Leader (Sarah Ockwell-Smith), Event Organiser (Busy Rascals), or the venue (Maple Walk School), refunds will be given to all ticketholders. Please note that refunds can take 7 working days to process.

As tickets are otherwise non-refundable, ticketholders are welcome to sell their tickets on should they find that they can no longer attend. We kindly ask ticketholders to advise the change of name should this happen. Please email Sharmine at with the name of the event, name of the new ticketholder and “Change of Ticket Holder” as the subject of the email.

About Sarah Ockwell-Smith-Parenting expert

Sarah Ockwell-Smith is a well known parenting expert and a highly regarded popular parenting author who specialises in the psychology and science of parenting, ‘gentle parenting’ and attachment theory.

Sarah is famed for her gentle, science rich, yet easy to read books and her down-to-earth manner and ability to translate her vast knowledge of parenting science into easy to understand language.

Born in Bedfordshire, England in 1976, Sarah Ockwell-Smith is a mother of four school aged children, three boys and one girl. Sarah lives with her family, cats and numerous ducks and chickens in a 350 year old cottage in rural Essex.

After graduating with an honors degree in Psychology, specialising in child development, she embarked on a five year career in Pharmaceutical Research and Development, working with clinical trial data, until she became pregnant with her first child in 2001. After the birth of her firstborn Sarah retrained as an Antenatal Teacher, Hypnotherapist/Psychotherapist, Developmental Infant Massage Instructor and Birth and Postnatal Doula. Over the years Sarah has updated her knowledge with various study days and courses including paediatric first aid, paediatric safeguarding, perinatal psychology and birth trauma.

Sarah now works as a parenting author, writer and coach. With a particular interest in child sleep.

Many refer to Sarah as an Attachment Parenting expert, however Sarah herself does not like this term as she feels it may ostracize many parents from learning about more gentle parenting techniques. She prefers instead to promote ‘Gentle Parenting’, which she feels is more appealing to the mainstream with less perceived restrictions and rules.

Sarah is also the co-founder of

Sarah offers a limited amount of support to parents via email and in person, learn more HERE. She also runs Gentle Sleep Training – a service offering gentle sleep training advice to parents of under five year olds.

Sarah also offers a range of services for media and corporations, you can learn more about these HERE.

About Busy Rascals

Set up in 2012, Busy Rascals is a community project set up and run by Sharmine Chowdhury-Tse, local mum of two with a work background in Training and Development, Antental and Postnatal Education and Event Management. Busy Rascals was set up in response to local parents asking Sharmine to organise local baby and children’s activities for the local community following her successful weekly coffee tea social support morning which she set up in 2011 whilst pregnant with her oldest child. Busy Rascals aims to support the local community of parents and carers with their babies and children. We host a variety of weekday classes and activities and one Saturday morning class a month. We are passionate about the wellbeing of children and their parents and supporting parents to make informed decisions and therefore host a variety of adhoc workshops to inform parents about topics relating to parenting and caring for their children, such as Paediatric First Aid, Parenting Workshops. We also run adhoc events such as our own seasonal parties/fairs (Winter, Annual celebration, Easter) for the local parent and carer community and their children. Many parents find it difficult returning to work after having children. 90% of the classes, activities, events and workshops we organise are run by parents to support them back into the workforce after having children. To view our website, please visit

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About the Venue:

Maple Walk is a small, independent, co-ed school for children aged 4 to 11. The school prides itself on delivering a traditional curriculum in a creative environment. Classes are small, with specialist teaching in dance, drama, sport and music. They run an extensive range of extra curricular activities and enjoy success in a range of competitive sports. They have been voted one of the Top Ten Best Value Prep Schools in the UK by the Telegraph newspaper and are a Good Schools Guide School. For more info visit:

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