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The Parenting Place

Auckland Workshops

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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September 2018

Discipline without shouting, force or fluster

September 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Parenting Place, 300 Great South Road, Greenlane
Auckland, 1051 New Zealand
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$15

About the event 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.​

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October 2018

Parenting with Pio

October 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Parenting Place, 300 Great South Road
Greenlane, Auckland 1051 New Zealand
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In this show, well-loved entertainer Pio Terei shares his heart, stories and practical parenting ideas about family life in a way that really ‘clicks’. These shows are designed with Māori in mind but have a wide appeal across all audiences. This evening is for adults only.   Details Workshop is from 7.30-9pm. Entry by donation. Doors open at 7pm with supper and hot drinks.   RSVP Please enter your details below to register.

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Babysitting training for teenagers

October 10 @ 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
Parenting Place, 300 Great South Road, Greenlane
Auckland, 1051 New Zealand
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$50 9 tickets left

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 with parents.…

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Introduction to Pilates

October 18 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Parenting Place, 300 Great South Road
Greenlane, Auckland 1051 New Zealand
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$25 30 tickets left

With pregnancy comes a whole lot of change - including changes to mum's body that take time to repair and recover from after baby arrives. Things like diastasis recti, lower back and pelvic displacement are just some of the common challenges. Dr Mae David and Phoebe Heyhoe (pre and post-natal pilates specialist) will share practical ways to recondition the abdominals and pelvic floor post-birth - helping mum take care of herself so she can take care of her family.  …

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Hey baby – an essential guide to the baby years 

October 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Parenting Place, 300 Great South Road
Greenlane, Auckland 1051 New Zealand
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$25 97 tickets left

Hey baby - an essential guide to the baby years  When it comes to the baby years, there is no shortage of information out there. To help make sense of it all and to cut through some of the noise we have recruited a panel of experts to share their insights on  attachment, understanding your baby's needs, language and brain development.  You'll hear from Sharlene Poole (New Zealand's baby whisperer), Mel Street (speech and language therapist), Dr Linde-Marie Amersfoot (child and…

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Mindful parenting – six week course

October 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Parenting Place, 300 Great South Road, Greenlane
Auckland, 1051 New Zealand
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$150 14 tickets left

About Mindful Parenting If you’re finding parenting stressful and life too busy, this is the perfect workshop for you. In this six-week course Shirley teaches practical research-based mindful parenting techniques that reduce stress, improve family relationships, provide tools to stay calm in the middle of even the most chaotic days, and create deep, lasting connections between parents and their children.   About the presenter Shirley Pastiroff is a counsellor and mother of five. She has a passion for healthy family…

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Find peace at the dinner table

October 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Parenting Place, 300 Great South Road
Greenlane, Auckland 1051 New Zealand
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$25 89 tickets left

Details Mealtimes with kids can feel like a real battle sometimes. This is especially because what we know is good for our kids doesn’t always match up with what they want to eat. Rachael Wilson and Lorren Hawkins of The Food Tree have practical and evidence-based ideas for reducing mealtime stress and helping your little ones eat well and healthy.   This workshop includes • Top tips for feeding happy thriving children • A focus on ages 1-5 years •…

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Attention workshop

October 29 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Parenting Place, 300 Great South Road, Greenlane
Auckland, 1051 New Zealand
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$150 18 tickets left

There are many kinds of attention problems - most rooted in emotional and developmental dynamics. Many professionals diagnosing attention problems are experts at describing the symptoms, but come up short on explanations - without the foundational understanding of how the attention system develops, what can go wrong, and why. Knowing the nature of the problem is key to managing the symptoms and addressing the root cause.   Course description Course material will provide a basis of understanding from which to…

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November 2018

Development stages and settling 4-12 months

November 1 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Parenting Place, 300 Great South Road
Greenlane, Auckland 1051 New Zealand
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$20 29 tickets left

After four months of age, babies go through some significant changes in their development; they find their hands, learn to roll, start on solid food and increase their awake time. All this can have an effect on the ability to settle to sleep well for their parents.  Sharlene will demonstrate how settling a baby changes through these developmental changes. About the presenter Sharlene is New Zealand’s leading newborn advisor whose unique baby whispering talents are in demand world-wide.  Sharlene brings…

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The strong willed child

November 1 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Parenting Place, 300 Great South Road
Greenlane, Auckland 1051 New Zealand
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$20 85 tickets left

What you will learn Some children are naturally compliant and others seem to fight their parents for every bit of ground. Jenny Hale presents a practical session for all those parenting strong-willed and spirited children.   Details This workshop covers the challenges of children 0 - 12 years.

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First Aid for littlies with Sarah Thompson

November 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Parenting Place, 300 Great South Road, Greenlane
Auckland, 1051 New Zealand
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$40 14 tickets left

How do you know when to take your baby to the doctor? When do you need to call an ambulance? This practical workshop with Sarah Thompson will help parents of babies and toddlers to answer questions like these. There will also be information on safety, what to do in emergencies, and what to do with common illnesses like fevers, coughs and colds. For more information, head to www.firstaidfirst.co.nz   Tickets are limited, so get yours today.

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Teenage brain – closed for renovations

November 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Parenting Place, 300 Great South Road, Greenlane
Auckland, 1051 New Zealand
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$25 248 tickets left

Teenage brain -  closed for renovations Ever wondered why your teenager behaves like they do? Or what they were thinking? Come join us for an evening with Nathan Wallis to hear the latest research on the adolescent brain and how you can navigate your way through these important formative years.   Doors open from 6.30pm for hot drinks and nibbles.   Get your tickets today!

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The value of routine for 4-12 months

November 15 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Parenting Place, 300 Great South Road
Greenlane, Auckland 1051 New Zealand
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$20 30 tickets left

Babies thrive on routine. Learn how to establish healthy routines that will make life easier for the whole family. About the presenter Sharlene is New Zealand’s leading newborn advisor whose unique baby whispering talents are in demand world-wide.  Sharlene brings an air of calm confidence to new parents as she works closely with the whole family to ensure a smooth transition after the arrival of a new baby.  With over 20 years experience working in postnatal care, she is able…

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Discipline without shouting, force or fluster

November 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Parenting Place, 300 Great South Road, Greenlane
Auckland, 1051 New Zealand
$20 80 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.​   Workshop presented by John Cowan. Don’t miss out, book your tickets today!

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Alpha child

November 17 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Parenting Place, 300 Great South Road, Greenlane
Auckland, 1051 New Zealand
$130 30 tickets left

Who’s in charge in your home? Often in wanting to make things work for our kids, the message they get is, “I’m in charge”. While supporting them and encouraging their own voice is important, children feel safe and secure when parents take the lead, and they aren’t the ones in control.     This course, based on the attachment-based developmental approach of Dr Neufeld, will help you understand this ‘alpha dynamic’ better. When we understand why our kids want to…

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Parenting styles, personality types and the five love languages

November 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Parenting Place, 300 Great South Road, Greenlane
Auckland, 1051 New Zealand
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$20 92 tickets left

Parenting styles, personality types and the five love languages What works for one child might not work that well with another. This seminar, presented by Joy Sluiters, helps parents to understand their child’s personality and adjust our parenting to suit. It also gives insights into our parenting style and how to use the ‘love languages’ – the incredibly useful set of insights that helps us love our children (and anyone else we want to love!) in amazingly effective ways.​  …

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Together parenting

November 29 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
$20 100 tickets left

Together parenting Two people will almost always have different opinions on a topic as complex as child-rearing and it can be easy to fall into habits where parents work against each other rather than for.   In this practical workshop, Jenny Hale and Jo Batts will cover the explain how you and your partner can parent harmoniously and be united in your day-to-day interactions with your children. The benefits are many, including more settled, cooperative and happy children. Jenny and…

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December 2018

Practical Parenting Antenatal course

December 1 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Parenting Place, 300 Great South Road
Greenlane, Auckland 1051 New Zealand
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$200 86 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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