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We host a variety of professionally facilitated workshops. These are all hosted at The Parenting Place Centre in Greenlane.


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We run events on general parenting topics in and around the country, often facilitated through community organisations.


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Over six sessions participants are equipped with practical skills. Key parenting principles are explored in an informal and friendly environment.


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May 2017

Babysitting training for teenagers

May 27 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Devonport Community House,
32 Clarence St, Devonport
Auckland, New Zealand
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The babysitter that gets booked - Joy Sluiters Joy will cover everything you need to know to become a safe, reliable and fun babysitter that every parent will trust and want to book again. There will be plenty of practical advice about how to establish your business, ideas for creating a great first impression, and how to handle safety issues in someone else’s home. The workshop will also cover useful information about children and their developmental needs, ideas for play,…

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Child Minders Certificate

May 27 @ 10:30 am - 2:00 pm
Greenhithe Community Trust,
12 Greenhithe RoadGreenhithe
Auckland, Auckland NZ
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About the course Joy will cover everything you need to know to become a safe, reliable and fun child minder that every parent will trust and want to book again. There will be plenty of practical advice about how to establish your business, ideas for creating a great first impression, and how to handle safety issues in someone else’s home. The workshop will also cover useful information about children and their developmental needs, ideas for play, and how to communicate well…

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$75.00

Building Awesome Whanau Toolbox course – Lower Hutt – change of date

May 29 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Pomare Community House,
55 Farmer Crescent
Pomare Lower Hutt, Wellington New Zealand
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What you will learn In six sessions, over six weeks, this course is packed full of ideas, positive stories from parents still on the journey with their own tamariki and useful resources to help you build a great future for your whānau. The activities in this course cover tamariki aged 0–12 years.  You are the most important person to your tamariki.  Your facilitator will draw on the wealth of wisdom and experiences present in the group, and weave that together with all…

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Early Years Toolbox course – Whanganui – for Dads only

May 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
303 Parent Support Centre,
303 Wicksteed Street
Wanganui, Manawatu 4500 New Zealand
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Please note that this Toolbox course is being run exclusively for Dads. What you will learn In six sessions over six weeks, the Early Years Toolbox is designed to give you the skills to set appropriate boundaries for your child and develop a strong and loving bond with them.  No-one will influence your child’s future more than you will.  The most important years in your child’s development are these early years.  Learn how to lay the building blocks for a great…

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$15 - $25

Creating confidence and resilience and dealing with anxiety

May 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Woodlands Park School Hall,
202 Woodlands Park Road
Titirangi, Auckland, New Zealand
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About the event Resilient, confident children deflect trouble, resist pressure, handle stress and recover from set-backs and trauma. All children can be helped to tackle life and grow up to have a ‘can-do’ attitude!   Information 6:30pm – Doors open 7:00pm to 8:30pm – Jenny’s presentation For further information please contact Kirsten at woodlandsparkpta@gmail.com

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$75.00

Early Years Toolbox course – Mairangi Bay

May 30 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Windsor Park Baptist Church,
550 East Coast Road
Mairangi Bay, Auckland, Auckland
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What you will learn In six sessions over six weeks, the Early Years Toolbox is designed to give you the skills to set appropriate boundaries for your child and develop a strong and loving bond with them.  No-one will influence your child’s future more than you will.  The most important years in your child’s development are these early years.  Learn how to lay the building blocks for a great future. Topics covered Session 1 – Parent types Session 2 – Development…

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Middle Years Toolbox course – Somerfield

May 31 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 pm
Somerfield School,
42 Studholme Street
Somerfield, Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand
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What you will learn In six sessions over six weeks, the Middle Years Toolbox is designed to help you stay connected, teach skills and build memories.  Make the most of these years while your children still want to be a part of your team. Topics covered Session 1 – Parent types Session 2 – Building character and self-esteem Session 3 – Emotional resilience Session 4 – Discipline – boundaries and consequences Session 5 – Creating traditions and memories Session 6…

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$75

Toolbox facilitator 2 day training course 31 May

May 31 @ 9:30 am - 2:00 pm
The Parenting Place,
300 Great South Road, Greenlane
Auckland, Auckland 1051 New Zealand
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About Toolbox Toolbox parenting groups give parents encouragement, inspiration and practical strategies for creating great family life.   Becoming a facilitator Are you passionate about parenting, like working with people and are comfortable in a group setting? Join us by training to become a Toolbox parenting facilitator. Choose to train in one of the three age groups – Early Years (0-6), Middle Years (6-12), Tweens and Teens (12-18). Upon completion of the training, each trainee will then present a portion of Toolbox content for assessment. Approved…

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$30.00

Middle Years Toolbox course – Hamilton

May 31 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Seventh Day Adventist Church Hamilton,
Palmerston Street
Hamilton, Waikato New Zealand
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What you will learn In six sessions over six weeks, the Middle Years Toolbox is designed to help you stay connected, teach skills and build memories.   Topics covered Session 1 – Parent types Session 2 – Building character and self-esteem Session 3 – Emotional resilience Session 4 – Discipline – boundaries and consequences Session 5 – Creating traditions and memories Session 6 – Capitalising on the ‘tween-age years’ Make the most of these years while your children still want to…

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$30.00

Tweens and Teens Toolbox course – Hamilton

May 31 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Seventh Day Adventist Church Hamilton,
Palmerston Street
Hamilton, Waikato New Zealand
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What you will learn In six sessions over six weeks, the Tweens and Teens Toolbox is designed to give you tools to equip your teenager with a strong sense of self, as well as responsibility and resourcefulness. We will help you in your journey of letting go and handing over some of the controls as your young person learns to fly solo.   Topics covered Session 1 – Atmosphere Session 2 – Boundaries Session 3 – Communication Session 4 – Discipline…

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$75.00

Early Years Toolbox course – Paraparaumu

May 31 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Kapiti Impact Church,
6 Tongariro Street
Paraparaumu, Wellington New Zealand
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What you will learn In six sessions over six weeks, the Early Years Toolbox is designed to give you the skills to set appropriate boundaries for your child and develop a strong and loving bond with them.  No-one will influence your child’s future more than you will.  The most important years in your child’s development are these early years.  Learn how to lay the building blocks for a great future. Topics covered Session 1 – Parent types Session 2 – Development…

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Tools for engaging cooperation and managing challenging behaviour

May 31 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Bambinos Early Childhood Centre,
121 – 123 St Lukes Road, Sandringham
Auckland, New Zealand
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About Creating a positive family atmosphere takes effort, but saves energy in the long run. As harmony increases in your home, there will be fewer battles to get the cooperation you need. Learn how to keep cooperation levels high, diffuse constant confrontations and get on top of challenging behaviour   Details 6:30pm doors open for light refreshments 7:00 – 8:30pm Joy’s presentation For further information and to book tickets please contact Keti or Pallavi on 815 1206 or email stlukes@bambinos.co.nz

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$75.00

Tweens and Teens Toolbox course – Nelson

May 31 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Nelson College,
67 Waimea Road
Nelson, Marlborough/Nelson 7007 New Zealand
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What you will learn In six sessions over six weeks, the Tweens and Teens Toolbox is designed to give you tools to equip your teenager with a strong sense of self, as well as responsibility and resourcefulness. We will help you in your journey of letting go and handing over some of the controls as your young person learns to fly solo. We will show you that, although these years may be challenging, they can actually be some of the…

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June 2017

Building Awesome Whanau Toolbox course – Papamoa

June 1 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Papamoa Family Services,
35E Hartford Avenue (opposite the playground)
Papamoa, Bay of Plenty 3118 New Zealand
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What you will learn In six sessions, over six weeks, this course is packed full of ideas, positive stories from parents still on the journey with their own tamariki and useful resources to help you build a great future for your whānau. The activities in this course cover tamariki aged 0–12 years.  You are the most important person to your tamariki.  Your facilitator will draw on the wealth of wisdom and experiences present in the group, and weave that together with all…

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$75.00

Tweens and Teens Toolbox course – Thames

June 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Equippers Church Thames,
507 McKay Street
Thames, Waikato New Zealand
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What you will learn In six sessions over six weeks, the Tweens and Teens Toolbox is designed to give you tools to equip your teenager with a strong sense of self, as well as responsibility and resourcefulness. We will help you in your journey of letting go and handing over some of the controls as your young person learns to fly solo. We will show you that, although these years may be challenging, they can actually be some of the…

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$20.00

Building Awesome Whanau Toolbox course – Hamilton East

June 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Waimarie Hamilton East Community House,
53 Wellington Street
Hamilton East, Waikato New Zealand
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What you will learn In six sessions, over six weeks, this course is packed full of ideas, positive stories from parents still on the journey with their own tamariki and useful resources to help you build a great future for your whānau. The activities in this course cover tamariki aged 0–12 years.  You are the most important person to your tamariki.  Your facilitator will draw on the wealth of wisdom and experiences present in the group, and weave that together with all…

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$50.00

Middle Years Toolbox course – Oamaru

June 1 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Waiareka Weston Church,
Weston Road Weston
Oamaru, Otago New Zealand
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What you will learn In six sessions over eight weeks, the Middle Years Toolbox is designed to help you stay connected, teach skills and build memories.  Make the most of these years while your children still want to be a part of your team. Topics covered Session 1 – Parent types Session 2 – Building character and self-esteem Session 3 – Emotional resilience Session 4 – Discipline – boundaries and consequences Session 5 – Creating traditions and memories Session 6 –…

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Early Years Toolbox course – Lumsden

June 1 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Northern Southland Community Resource Centre,
11 Hero Sotreet
Lumsden, Southland New Zealand
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What you will learn In six sessions over six weeks, the Early Years Toolbox is designed to give you the skills to set appropriate boundaries for your child and develop a strong and loving bond with them.  No-one will influence your child’s future more than you will.  The most important years in your child’s development are these early years.  Learn how to lay the building blocks for a great future. Topics covered Session 1 – Parent types Session 2 – Development…

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Toolbox Facilitator information evening

June 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
The Parenting Place,
300 Great South Road, Greenlane
Auckland, Auckland 1051 New Zealand
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Do you want to become a Toolbox facilitator? Come along to our information evening to find out more!   About Toolbox Toolbox parenting groups give parents encouragement, inspiration and practical strategies for creating great family life.   Becoming a facilitator Toolbox facilitators lead the group by guiding parents through the material and managing discussions and activities. Full training and support is given. Toolbox facilitators are not experts, but they are passionate about parenting, like working with people and are comfortable in a group setting.…

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$15

Dads and daughters

June 8 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Parenting Place,
300 Great South Road, Greenlane
Auckland, Auckland 1051 New Zealand
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One of the greatest assets a girl can have is a loving dad on-side with her. This is a great workshop for dads who love their daughters and want to love them better.  John Cowan gives some insights and tips that can help men avoid the commonest pitfalls with their girls. This workshop will also help dads 'upskill' on the world of girls - the dangers they face and the ways they can help their girls grow into happy, healthy…

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$75.00

Early Years Toolbox course – Invercargill

June 12 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Invercargill Christian Centre,
165 Leet Street
Invercargill, Southland New Zealand
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What you will learn In six sessions over six weeks, the Early Years Toolbox is designed to give you the skills to set appropriate boundaries for your child and develop a strong and loving bond with them.  No-one will influence your child’s future more than you will.  The most important years in your child’s development are these early years.  Learn how to lay the building blocks for a great future. Topics covered Session 1 – Parent types Session 2 – Development…

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$15

Raising happy, confident and resilient children + the ultimate lunch box guide

June 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Waitoki School Hall,
1119 Kahikatea Flat Road
Waitoki, 0871 New Zealand
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Part 1: Raising happy, confident and resilient children John Cowan will present on how resilient, confident children deflect trouble, resist pressure, handle stress and recover from set-backs and trauma. All children can be helped to tackle life and grow up to have a ‘can-do’ attitude!   Part 2: The ultimate lunch box guide Healthy food your kids will actually eat with Melissa Lowe.   Details 6.30pm – Doors open 7.00pm to 8.30pm – John’s presentation 8.30pm to 9.30pm – Melissa’s presentation Book…

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$15

The perfectionist child

June 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

What you will learn If you are faced with a child who insists on things being done in a certain way, who hates making mistakes or being corrected, is reluctant to try new things in case they get it wrong and who loses the plot over minor issues – this workshop will give you some new insights and ways to help your child.   Details Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online below, or on the night. For parents of…

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$5

Raising happy, confident and resilient children

June 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Daystar Early Learning Centre,
76 View Rd, Mount Eden
Auckland, 1024
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About raising happy, confident and resilient children Joy Sluiters will present on how resilient, confident children deflect trouble, resist pressure, handle stress and recover from set-backs and trauma. All children can be helped to tackle life and grow up to have a ‘can-do’ attitude!   Details 7.00pm  - Doors open 7.30pm to 9.00pm – Joy’s presentation For further information please contact Daystar Early Learning Centre on 09 630 5571 Thank you to Eden Community Church for your sponsorship.

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Building Awesome Whānau with Pio Terei – Tauranga

June 15 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Welcome Bay School,
309 Welcome Bay Rd, Welcome Bay
Tauranga , 3112 New Zealand
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You're invited to this awesome community event featuring Pio Terei. Pio is bringing his Building Awesome Whānau show to Tauranga on the 15th June at the invitation of Welcome Bay, Maungatapu and Selwyn Ridge communities.   About Pio Pio is one of the best loved entertainers in the country and these new shows combine songs, stories, videos and great parenting ideas. He gets across vital messages about happy, healthy family life in a way that really ‘clicks’ with the audience. It…

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$5

Discipline without shouting, force or fluster

June 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Manurewa Baptist Church,
9 Lupton Road, Manurewa
Auckland, New Zealand
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Learn to get cooperation from your kids (0 - 12 years old) – even the tricky, strong-willed ones! Alternative strategies for firm but fair discipline using effective, peaceful and relationship-enhancing techniques with less noise, anger and resentment that will help kids think, solve problems and make better decisions.   Details Supper provided. Childcare provided for preschool and primary school-aged children. 6.45pm – Doors open 7.00pm to 8.30pm – John’s presentation Tickets available from church office, from the door on the night or purchase…

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$195

Marriage: the early years

June 17 @ 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
The Parenting Place,
300 Great South Road, Greenlane
Auckland, Auckland 1051 New Zealand
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About Marriage: the early years The first two years of marriage can be surprisingly difficult to navigate. That’s why Matt and Belinda Stott have brought together an arsenal of marriage hot tips and insights to create Marriage: the early years. In Marriage: the early years, Matt and Belinda will provide tools to help pre-marrieds and newly-weds develop an incredible foundation for a life-long marriage. Themes will include: dealing with a couples’ many and varied differences, communication masterclass, understanding and managing emotions…

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$75.00

Middle Years Toolbox course – Richmond

June 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hope Community Church,
Ranzau Road Hope
Richmond , Nelson New Zealand
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What you will learn In six sessions over eight weeks, the Middle Years Toolbox is designed to help you stay connected, teach skills and build memories.  Make the most of these years while your children still want to be a part of your team. Topics covered Session 1 – Parent types Session 2 – Building character and self-esteem Session 3 – Emotional resilience Session 4 – Discipline – boundaries and consequences Session 5 – Creating traditions and memories Session 6 –…

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$75.00

Middle Years Toolbox course – Rangiora

June 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
venue to be advised – Rangiora,
Rangiora
Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand
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What you will learn In six sessions over six weeks, the Middle Years Toolbox is designed to help you stay connected, teach skills and build memories.  Make the most of these years while your children still want to be a part of your team. Topics covered Session 1 – Parent types Session 2 – Building character and self-esteem Session 3 – Emotional resilience Session 4 – Discipline – boundaries and consequences Session 5 – Creating traditions and memories Session 6…

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$75.00

Middle Years Toolbox course – Wakefield

June 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wakefield School,
Edward Street
Wakefield, Nelson 7025 New Zealand
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What you will learn In six sessions over eight weeks, the Middle Years Toolbox is designed to help you stay connected, teach skills and build memories.  Make the most of these years while your children still want to be a part of your team. Topics covered Session 1 – Parent types Session 2 – Building character and self-esteem Session 3 – Emotional resilience Session 4 – Discipline – boundaries and consequences Session 5 – Creating traditions and memories Session 6 –…

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$20.00

Middle Years Toolbox course – Bishopdale

June 21 @ 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm
Bishopdale Seventh Day Adventist Church,
74 Breens Road Bishopdale
Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand
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What you will learn In six sessions over six weeks, the Middle Years Toolbox is designed to help you stay connected, teach skills and build memories.  Make the most of these years while your children still want to be a part of your team. Topics covered Session 1 – Parent types Session 2 – Building character and self-esteem Session 3 – Emotional resilience Session 4 – Discipline – boundaries and consequences Session 5 – Creating traditions and memories Session 6…

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$15

Tools for engaging cooperation

June 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Parenting Place,
300 Great South Road, Greenlane
Auckland, Auckland 1051 New Zealand
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About Creating a positive family atmosphere takes effort, but saves energy in the long run. As harmony increases in your home, there will be fewer battles to get the cooperation you need. Learn how to keep cooperation levels high, diffuse constant confrontations and get on top of challenging behaviour.   Details Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online below, or on the night.

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$20 - $30

Hey baby – an essential guide to the baby years 

June 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Parenting Place,
300 Great South Road, Greenlane
Auckland, Auckland 1051 New Zealand
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Hey baby - an essential guide to the baby years  When it comes to the baby years, there is no shortage of information for new parents. But sometimes the plethora of theories, opinions, suggestions, and warnings can be totally overwhelming, and often downright confusing. To help parents make sense of it all (and to cut through some of the noise), we have recruited a panel of experts, including Brainwave Trust, to share their ideas and insights on all those tricky…

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July 2017
$75

Toolbox facilitator 2 day training course 1 July

July 1 @ 9:30 am - July 8 @ 2:00 pm
The Parenting Place,
300 Great South Road, Greenlane
Auckland, Auckland 1051 New Zealand
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About Toolbox Toolbox parenting groups give parents encouragement, inspiration and practical strategies for creating great family life.   Becoming a facilitator Are you passionate about parenting, like working with people and are comfortable in a group setting? Join us by training to become a Toolbox parenting facilitator. Choose to train in one of the three age groups – Early Years (0-6), Middle Years (6-12), Tweens and Teens (12-18). Upon completion of the training, each trainee will then present a portion of Toolbox content for assessment. Approved…

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$75.00

Middle Years Toolbox course – Botany

July 26 @ 7:15 pm - 9:15 pm
Elim Christian Centre – Botany Downs,
94 Golflands Drive
Botany, Auckland New Zealand
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What you will learn In six sessions over six weeks, the Middle Years Toolbox is designed to help you stay connected, teach skills and build memories.  Make the most of these years while your children still want to be a part of your team. Topics covered Session 1 – Parent types Session 2 – Building character and self-esteem Session 3 – Emotional resilience Session 4 – Discipline – boundaries and consequences Session 5 – Creating traditions and memories Session 6…

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