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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 2019

Building Awesome Whanau Toolbox course – Wanganui

May 21 @ 9:30 pm - July 2 @ 9:30 pm
Jigsaw Whanganui, 236 Victoria Ave, Suite 10
Whanganui, Whanganui 4501
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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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Building Awesome Whanau Toolbox course – Taupo

May 28 @ 9:00 am - July 2 @ 9:00 pm
Taupo Primary School, Tamamutu Street
Taupo, Waikato 3330 New Zealand
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$75 – $110 8 tickets left

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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June 2019

Teens and Tweens Toolbox course – Pukekohe

June 2 @ 1:00 pm - June 30 @ 5:00 pm
Hope Unlimited Trust, 14 Harrington Avenue
Pukekohe, Auckland 2120 New Zealand
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What you will learn In six sessions, typically run over six weeks, the Teen years Toolbox will support you on your journey of letting go and handing over some of the controls as your young person learns to fly solo.  Although the teen years can be challenging, they can also be some of the best years of your life – and theirs! Toolbox covers a range of topics, including the importance of love and connection, different parenting styles, understanding your…

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Tweens and Teens Toolbox course – Pukekohe

June 9 @ 12:30 pm - July 30 @ 2:30 pm
Hope Unlimited Trust, 14 Harrington Avenue
Pukekohe, Auckland 2120 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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Primary Years Toolbox course – Taupo

June 10 @ 7:00 pm - July 15 @ 9:00 pm
Taupo Baptist Church, Tauhara Room, 141 Rifle Range Road
Taupo, Waikato 3330 New Zealand
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$75 – $110 9 tickets left

What you will learn In six sessions, typically run over six weeks, the Primary years Toolbox will support you to develop a strong and loving bond with your child, and build your confidence as a parent/caregiver. This Toolbox covers a range of topics, including the importance of love and connection, different parenting styles, understanding your child and their big feelings, discipline, boundaries, play and lots more. This is a new and more specific version of our Middle Years Toolbox.  This…

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Baby and Toddler Years Toolbox course – Invercargill – revised dates

June 17 @ 7:30 pm - July 22 @ 9:30 pm
Invercargill Plunket Rooms, 132 Kelvin Street Avenal
Invercargill, Southland 9812 New Zealand
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$75.00

What you will learn In six sessions, typically run over six weeks, the Baby and Toddler years Toolbox will support you to develop a strong and loving bond with your child, and lay some good foundations for the rest of their lives. The Baby and Toddler years Toolbox covers a range of topics, including the importance of love and connection, different parenting styles, understanding your child and their big feelings, discipline, boundaries, play and lots more. This course is a…

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Mums and daughters

June 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Parenting Place, 300 Great South Road, Greenlane
Auckland, 1051 New Zealand
$20 Sold out

Mums and daughters Enjoy your daughter more and battle with her less! This workshop is full of practical ways to raise a strong, wise daughter who is able to stand up for herself and others. It also offers ideas on how to keep communication lines open and your relationship strong. Jenny Hale will cover ways to build your daughter’s confidence, encourage her friendships and equip her to develop strong values. She will also cover how to raise self-assured, adventurous, generous…

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Baby and Toddler Years Toolbox course – Timaru – new date

June 19 @ 7:30 pm - July 24 @ 9:30 pm
Life Church Timaru, Life Church, 134 Morgans Rd, Marchwiel
Timaru, Canterbury New Zealand
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$75.00

What you will learn In six sessions, typically run over six weeks, the Baby and Toddler years Toolbox will support you to develop a strong and loving bond with your child, and lay some good foundations for the rest of their lives. The Baby and Toddler years Toolbox covers a range of topics, including the importance of love and connection, different parenting styles, understanding your child and their big feelings, discipline, boundaries, play and lots more. This course is a…

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Growing great marriages and relationships

June 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Depot, Lloyd Elsmore Park, Sir Lloyd Drive, Lloyd Elsmore Park, Pakuranga
Auckland, New Zealand
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Growing great marriages and relationships with John and Naomi Cowan Relationships are one of the most important investments you can make in life. If you get them right, it will affect every other area of your life in a positive way. This workshop offers practical ideas to make your relationship stronger and happier, including tips to get unstuck and work through the difficult times.   7.00pm - doors open 7.30pm to 9.00pm - John and Naomi's presentation Cost: Koha Light…

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Discipline without shouting, force or fluster

June 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Parenting Place, 300 Great South Road, Greenlane
Auckland, 1051 New Zealand
$20 8 tickets left

Discipline without shouting, force or fluster with John Cowan Learn to get cooperation from your kids – 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.​   Don't miss out - get your tickets today!  

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Growing great families

June 29 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Massey Community Church, 8 Vadam Rd, Massey
Auckland, 0614 New Zealand

Growing great families You can build your family the same way you build a house - with foundations of love and values, walls of boundaries & discipline, and a roof of parental ‘mana’ to keep it all together. The rewards are huge. Presented by Bridget Gundy.   Cost: $10 per person or $15 per couple 7.45pm - doors open 8.00pm to 10.00pm - Bridget's presentation Ticket sales are available by emailing families@masseycommunitychurch.co.nz or calling 0210588228 For further information please contact…

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July 2019

Discipline without shouting, force or fluster

July 2 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Swanson School, 703 Swanson Road, Swanson
Auckland, New Zealand
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Learn to get cooperation from your kids – 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. Presented by John Cowan.   5.30pm - Doors open 6.00pm to 7.30pm – John's presentation   Cost - free. Light refreshments provided For further information please contact Lisa Griffin at lisa.griffin@fwn.org.nz or phone 021538219

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Big Feelings with Jenny Hale and Joy Sluiters

July 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Parenting Place, 300 Great South Road
Greenlane, Auckland 1051 New Zealand
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$25 69 tickets left

Our children's big feelings can be overwhelming or even a bit terrifying at times, but the good news is that they're natural. Join Joy Sluiters and Jenny Hale as they take a look at what’s going on beneath those big emotions, and share ways to support our children when they're struggling. They will cover anxiety, tantrums, building resilience and confidence. Jenny Palmer, author of Feel a Little will also join us as a special guest.   Details Doors open at…

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Raising happy, confident and resilient children

July 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Whangaparaoa College, 8 Stanmore Bay Road
Stanmore Bay, New Zealand
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Free 200 tickets left

Raising happy, confident and resilient children with John Cowan Confident, resilient children deflect trouble, resist pressure, handle stress and recover from setbacks. All children can be helped to tackle life and grow up to have a ‘can-do’ attitude.   7.00pm - doors open 7.30pm to 9.00pm - John's presentation   Cost: Free community event - Sponsored by Hibiscus Coast Parents Centre. Location: Auditorium - Whangaparaoa College Register for spot prizes. For further information please contact Marilee Aldrich-Wall on 0212831427 or…

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Parenting styles, personality types and the five love languages

July 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Piccolo Preschool, 5 Cracroft Street
Welbourn, New Plymouth 4310 New Zealand
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$15.00 100 tickets left

Parenting styles, personality types and the five love languages with Joy Sluiters Helping you understand your child’s personality and how to adjust your parenting to suit. Joy gives insight into parenting styles and how to use the ‘five love languages’ to best love your children.   6.30pm - Doors open 7.00pm - 8.30pm - Joy's presentation Cost: $15 per person Purchase your tickets through www.theparentingplace.com or by cash at Piccolo Preschool   For further information please contact Melissa Crow 06…

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Discipline without shouting, force or fluster

July 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Piccolo Preschool, 5 Cracroft Street
Welbourn, New Plymouth 4310 New Zealand
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$15.00 100 tickets left

Discipline without shouting, force or fluster with Joy Sluiters Learn to get cooperation from your kids – 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.   6.30pm - Doors open 7.00pm to 8.30pm – Joy's presentation   Cost - $15 per person   Purchase your tickets through www.theparentingplace.com or by cash at Piccolo…

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Childminder’s certificate for teenagers

July 19 @ 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
Parenting Place, 300 Great South Road, Greenlane
Auckland, 1051 New Zealand
$50 25 tickets left

Childminder's certificate for teenagers Become a safe, reliable and fun childminder that every parent will trust and want to book again. This workshop will cover practical advice on how to establish your business, information on developmental needs for children, ideas for play and first aid. Presented by Joy Sluiters and Sarah Thompson. For 13-17 year olds. Places are limited.  

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Building Awesome Whanau Toolbox course – New Lynn #11823

July 23 @ 7:00 pm - August 27 @ 7:00 pm
Lifewise Family Services, 3131 Great North Road
New Lynn, Auckland 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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Baby and Toddler Years Toolbox course – New Lynn #11822

July 24 @ 7:00 pm - August 28 @ 7:00 pm
Lifewise Family Services, 3131 Great North Road
New Lynn, Auckland New Zealand
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What you will learn In six sessions, typically run over six weeks, the Baby and Toddler years Toolbox will support you to develop a strong and loving bond with your child, and lay some good foundations for the rest of their lives. The Baby and Toddler years Toolbox covers a range of topics, including the importance of love and connection, different parenting styles, understanding your child and their big feelings, discipline, boundaries, play and lots more. This course is a…

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Teenage Years Toolbox course – New Lynn #11824

July 24 @ 7:00 pm - August 28 @ 7:00 pm
Lifewise Family Services, 3131 Great North Road
New Lynn, Auckland New Zealand
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What you will learn In six sessions, typically run over six weeks, the Teen years Toolbox will support you on your journey of letting go and handing over some of the controls as your young person learns to fly solo.  Although the teen years can be challenging, they can also be some of the best years of your life – and theirs! Toolbox covers a range of topics, including the importance of love and connection, different parenting styles, understanding your…

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Building Awesome Whanau Toolbox course – New Lynn #11826

July 26 @ 9:30 am - August 30 @ 9:30 am
Lifewise Family Services, 3131 Great North Road
New Lynn, Auckland 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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Baby and Toddler Years Toolbox course – Forrest Hill #11769

July 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Shore Vineyard Church, 252 Forrest Hill Road
Forrest Hill, Auckland 0620 New Zealand
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$75.00 4 tickets left

What you will learn In six sessions, typically run over six weeks, the Baby and Toddler years Toolbox will support you to develop a strong and loving bond with your child, and lay some good foundations for the rest of their lives. The Baby and Toddler years Toolbox covers a range of topics, including the importance of love and connection, different parenting styles, understanding your child and their big feelings, discipline, boundaries, play and lots more. This course is a…

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Baby and Toddler Years Toolbox course – Birkenhead

July 29 @ 7:00 pm - September 2 @ 9:00 pm
Rawene Centre, 33 Rawene Road Birkenhead
Auckland, 0626 New Zealand
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$75 8 tickets left

What you will learn In six sessions, typically run over six weeks, the Baby and Toddler years Toolbox will support you to develop a strong and loving bond with your child, and lay some good foundations for the rest of their lives. The Baby and Toddler years Toolbox covers a range of topics, including the importance of love and connection, different parenting styles, understanding your child and their big feelings, discipline, boundaries, play and lots more. This course is a…

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Building Awesome Whanau Toolbox course – Manurewa #11839

July 30 @ 10:00 am - September 3 @ 10:00 am
Iosis, 112c Russell Road
Manurewa, Auckland 2102 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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Teenage Years Toolbox course – Manurewa #11841

July 30 @ 12:30 pm - September 3 @ 12:30 pm
Iosis, 112c Russell Road
Manurewa, Auckland 2102 New Zealand
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What you will learn In six sessions, typically run over six weeks, the Teen years Toolbox will support you on your journey of letting go and handing over some of the controls as your young person learns to fly solo.  Although the teen years can be challenging, they can also be some of the best years of your life – and theirs! Toolbox covers a range of topics, including the importance of love and connection, different parenting styles, understanding your…

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Building Awesome Whanau Toolbox course – Manurewa #11842

July 31 @ 9:30 am - September 4 @ 9:30 am
Iosis, 112c Russell Road
Manurewa, Auckland 2102 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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Building Awesome Whanau Toolbox course – Manurewa #11840

July 31 @ 12:30 pm - September 4 @ 12:30 pm
Iosis, 112c Russell Road
Manurewa, Auckland 2102 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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Primary Years Toolbox course – Westmere – #11832

July 31 @ 6:30 pm - September 4 @ 6:30 pm
Westmere Primary School, 81 Garnet Road
Westmere, Auckland 1022 New Zealand
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$75 16 tickets left

What you will learn In six sessions, typically run over six weeks, the Primary years Toolbox will support you to develop a strong and loving bond with your child, and build your confidence as a parent/caregiver. This Toolbox covers a range of topics, including the importance of love and connection, different parenting styles, understanding your child and their big feelings, discipline, boundaries, play and lots more. This is a new and more specific version of our Middle Years Toolbox.  This…

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Raising happy, confident and resilient children

July 31 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mellons Bay School, 140 Mellons Bay Road, Howick
Auckland, New Zealand
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Raising happy, confident and resilient children with Jenny Hale Confident, resilient children deflect trouble, resist pressure, handle stress and recover from setbacks. All children can be helped to tackle life and grow up to have a ‘can-do’ attitude.   6.45pm - doors open 7.00pm to 8.30pm - Jenny's presentation   Cost: $5 per person Please book through Mellons Bay School Kindo or through Friends of the school For further information please contact Hayley O'Dwyer on hayleyo@mellonsbay.school.nz  

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August 2019

Building Awesome Whanau Toolbox course – Manurewa #11843

August 1 @ 7:00 pm - September 5 @ 7:00 pm
Iosis, 112c Russell Road
Manurewa, Auckland 2102 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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Raising happy, confident and resilient children

August 1 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Parenting Place, 300 Great South Road, Greenlane
Auckland, 1051 New Zealand
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$20 79 tickets left

Resilient, confident children deflect trouble, resist pressure, handle stress and recover from setbacks and trauma. All children can be helped to tackle life’s ups and downs so they can grow with a ‘can-do’ attitude. Discover the key ingredients required to help children develop those sought-after qualities.​   Presented by John Cowan, this workshop is for parents of children 2-12 years old. Book your tickets today!

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Practical Parenting Antenatal course

August 3 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Parenting Place, 300 Great South Road
Greenlane, Auckland 1051 New Zealand
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$200 13 tickets left

About Practical Parenting Antenatal We spend 50% of the time talking about the birthing experience, and 50% of the time talking about AFTER the baby comes. All the information you really need to know. A holistic antenatal course preparing you for the arrival of your tiny human. The only antenatal course run by a registered midwife and mental/relational health counsellor, this course is designed to prepare you and your family for birth and beyond. As you would expect from an antenatal course, half the…

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Growing great families

August 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
St Andrews CHB, St Andrews Hall, 23 Porangahau Rd
Waipukurau, New Zealand

Growing great families with James Beck You can build your family the same way you build a house - with foundations of love and values, walls of boundaries & discipline, and a roof of parental ‘mana’ to keep it all together. The rewards are huge.   Cost: Koha arrangement 6.30pm - doors open 7.00pm to 8.30pm - James Beck's presentation For further information please email standrews@xtra.co.nz or phone 06 858 8036

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Baby and Toddler Years Toolbox course – Greenlane #11828

August 5 @ 7:15 pm - September 9 @ 7:15 pm
Parenting Place, 300 Great South Road
Greenlane, Auckland 1051 New Zealand
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$75 16 tickets left

What you will learn In six sessions, typically run over six weeks, the Baby and Toddler years Toolbox will support you to develop a strong and loving bond with your child, and lay some good foundations for the rest of their lives. The Baby and Toddler years Toolbox covers a range of topics, including the importance of love and connection, different parenting styles, understanding your child and their big feelings, discipline, boundaries, play and lots more. This course is a…

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Teenage Years Toolbox course – Greenlane #11829

August 5 @ 7:15 pm - September 9 @ 7:15 pm
Parenting Place, 300 Great South Road
Greenlane, Auckland 1051 New Zealand
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$75 18 tickets left

What you will learn In six sessions, typically run over six weeks, the Teen years Toolbox will support you on your journey of letting go and handing over some of the controls as your young person learns to fly solo.  Although the teen years can be challenging, they can also be some of the best years of your life – and theirs! Toolbox covers a range of topics, including the importance of love and connection, different parenting styles, understanding your…

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