Sometimes family life is way more challenging than we had ever imagined. We would like it to be a lot more enjoyable, if only we knew how. Family coaching is designed to meet you where you are at, whatever stage you are at on your parenting and relationship journey. We want to be on the journey with you.

Our coaches will listen to you and bring their extensive training and experience to help bring new insights, ideas and practical solutions. This is not counselling or therapy, but rather mentoring to make positive changes to support the goals you have for your family. We keep it simple with a practical plan, and follow up plan with materials with reference to relevant workshops and resources to help make changes that last.


  • Face to face $80 for a 1 hour appointment  – The Parenting Place, 300 Great South Rd, Greenlane, Auckland
  • Phone or Skype – $80 for a 1 hour appointment – Talk to a Family Coach from anywhere in the world
  • Email – $50 per response – The email response will be between 500 and 600 words
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Coaching is available during these times –

  • Monday, 1-5 pm
  • Tuesday, 9am-5 pm
  • Wednesday, 9am-5pm
  • Thursday, 9am-5pm
  • Friday, 9am-1pm

Please note the coaching sessions are primarily for parents to attend on their own without children present. This gives the parent an opportunity to discuss the specific challenges about their child or children without the conversation being overheard. It also frees up the parent to focus solely on the issues without the distractions of a child. The coaching rooms are not specifically set up to be ‘child-friendly’ so we ask parents to have their children cared for to maximise the potential of the session. Nursing babies are welcome in the session.

Family Coaches


Jenny Hale
Parent coach

Jenny has a primary teaching background and spent three years as a parent educator with the Parents As First Teachers programme before joining The Parenting Place in 1999. She helped establish the Toolbox parenting groups and trained facilitators throughout New Zealand to deliver these courses in their communities. Jenny has two adult children and is a grandmother of two young children. Jenny runs workshops at The Parenting Place centre and at Hot Tips events around New Zealand. She is the senior Family Coach working with existing clients as well as training new coaches. Jenny writes regularly for Parenting magazine and makes appearances on TV 3’s The Café.

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Joy Sluiters
Parent coach

Joy had an education background before joining The Parenting Place in 2010. She is a Family Coach working with families of children aged 0-12 years and a regular presenter of Hot Tips Workshops at The Parenting Place and at Hot Tips community events in Auckland and further afield.

Joy has four adult children and five grandchildren and leads a busy life as a hands on nana, Family Coach, and restorative justice facilitator for Waitakere Courts.

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Jo Batts
Parent and relationship coach

Jo recently joined the team at The Parenting Place with a background in relationship development for both not for profit and business organisations. Jo is a qualified counsellor also working in private practice and running groups for tertiary students training to be counsellors.

Jo is passionate about supporting couples as they wrangle the pressures of family life together. Recognising that our relationships are precious yet sometimes they get stuck, Jo brings insight, experience and fresh ideas to help put the family wheels in motion again. Jo has been married for over 20 years and has three kids.

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Family Coach cancellations

There are no exchanges or refunds on Family Coach bookings. A non-refundable $25 deposit applies to all bookings made over the phone or in person at The Parenting Place centre.

Request a family coaching session by phone

Contact us to make a booking 09 524 0025 or 0800 535659