Ian-and-MaryOur story

The Parenting Place, formerly Parenting with Confidence, was founded in 1993 by Ian and Mary Grant who, after a long career in Youth for Christ, sought to broaden their ministry to reach the whole family. Ian and Mary were compelled by their deep Christian faith and the hope offered to all people through the Gospel. They sought to outwork this through equipping and encouraging parents to grow great family relationships. In all Parenting did there was a heart of humility, love, generosity and service.

Two decades later the commitment to the original vision remains. With now more than 60 staff, The Parenting Place continues to positively impact families throughout New Zealand by offering a range of programmes that are accessible and engaging. We seek to walk alongside and coach, moving families towards a place of flourishing – marked by good communication, love, resilience, fun, and trust.

As Ian Grant would often quote, “I’m just one beggar telling other beggars where there is bread.”

Our purpose

Is to inspire and equip New Zealand families to thrive

We know that parents and children genuinely long for meaningful relationships and our work is aimed at helping make this a reality for all New Zealanders.

As New Zealand’s parenting charity, we aim to challenge the stories, ideas and habits that undermine good family relationships. Instead, we offer an alternative vision for life. The success of our work is therefore not reflected primarily by numbers, but by the growth of life-giving and hope-filled family relationships.

Our work is

  • Engaging and inspiring
  • Accessible
  • For every New Zealand family
  • Generous
  • Ambitious for New Zealand
  • Shaped by hope
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