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Kids don’t come with instructions, but you can learn practical tips and gain inspiration to help you parent. Our courses are open to all parents and caregivers, wherever you are on the parenting journey.

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We have programmes to help you at each step

Lifewise has a course that will give you tools to help at each stage of the parenting journey. We also offer a course to help your kids when you separate. Each course has a supportive, judgement-free environment.


There is no charge for the Parenting Through Separation course.

For the other six week courses, the cost for the materials is $85 per individual or $120 per couple.

There is a subsidy available for financial hardship if needed. Just let the Family Services team know.

“There’s power in humour, it helps people to open up. There’s ‘no blame, no shame’. We use videos, role play and get parents to have a laugh, which inspires confidence and teaches fun and effective parenting.

We offer online courses with Zoom

Running our courses by Zoom means we can run them even if there is a change in Alert Levels. We’ve had great feedback from parents about our Zoom sessions. We will walk you through each step of the zoom process and help you along the way. Please let us know if you’d like more information about how it works.

Here’s what you’ll need for Zoom sessions:

  • A device
  • A stable internet connection
  • A private space free from interruption
  • Be ready to join the Zoom course on time with the link we’ll send you

You can reach us on or by calling 09 818 6834 – choose option 3 for parenting courses.

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Preschool Years Toolbox Parenting Course

Six Monday evenings 

30 October to 4 December, 7pm to 9pm, New Lynn office


  • The Foundation of Love – Parent Vision, Building Connection, Love Languages.
  • Parenting Styles – Sergeant Major, Jellyfish, Too Busy, the Parent Coach Style, Looking after Ourselves.
  • Understanding Emotions – a Parent Coach Approach to Emotions, Ages & Stages.
  • Understanding Behaviour – a Parent Coach Approach to Behaviour, Putting It Into Action, Getting All The Adults on Board.
  • Understanding The World of the Preschooler – Common Challenges (picky eating, bedtimes, screen time, preschool drop-off/clinginess).
  • Delaying Gratification – Technology, Putting It All Together, Your Dream for your Tamariki.

You can register here with our Parenting Education Booking Form.

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Three little girls sitting together on a grassy bank.

Building Awesome Whānau (0-12) Toolbox Parenting Course

Six Friday morning sessions 

13 October to 17 November, 9:30 am to 11:30 am, New Lynn office


  • Laying the foundations of aroha – Parent Vision; Soul Food (the Five Love Languages); Quality Time & Quantity Time; basic children’s needs; the importance of Attachment; the “Science of Love”.
  • Parents are the roof: protecting our whanau – the mana of the parent; keeping our children safe; our default Parenting Styles; the Backbone Parent Coach; building rangatira; caring for ourselves too.
  • The walls of the whare : boundaries and discipline – the real meaning of discipline; rules and boundaries; giving children choices; appropriate consequences; “good” discipline.
  • Keep it sweet: atmosphere is everything – how to sweeten up the atmosphere; the value of children doing chores; the importance of play; the value of eating meals all together; building a museum of memories.
  • Cool kōrero: communication – tone of voice is a big issue; Reflective Listening & how to practise it; getting kids talking; parenting tools and strategies; Whanau Hui (family meetings); giving our kids ‘bounce’.
  • Outside the whare: living in the big wide world – school; the importance of enough sleep; learning starts at home; if your kids are in trouble; ANGER – our own and our children’s; our dreams for our children.

You can register here with our Parenting Education Booking Form.


Primary Years Toolbox Course (5-12)

Six Tuesday evenings

31 October to 5 December,  7pm to 9pm, New Lynn office.


  • The foundation of love – parent vision, building connection, love languages.
  • Parenting styles – sergeant major, jellyfish, too busy, the parent coach Style, Looking after Ourselves.
  • Atmosphere – play, personality types, ages & stages.
  • Building resilience – reflective listening, problem solving, handling anger.
  • Loving discipline – boundaries and consequences.
  • Delaying gratification – technology, putting it all together, your dream for your tamariki.

You can register here with our Parenting Education Booking Form.

Teenage Years (13+) Toolbox Parenting Course

Six Wednesday evenings

1 November to 6 December, 7pm to 9pm, New Lynn office.


  • Understanding love and connection
  • Understanding yourself as a parent
  • Understanding our teenagers
  • Understanding the world they live in
  • Understanding discipline and boundaries
  • Understanding a culture of connection

You can register here with our Parenting Education Booking Form.

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Parenting Through Separation – Northland Courses

1 x 4 hour session – (Whangārei, NorthTec Campus) – In person course.

  • Saturday 2nd September – 10am to 2pm
  • Saturday 23rd September – 10am to 2pm
  • Saturday 30th September – 10am to 2pm

2 x 2 hour sessions (Online via Zoom) – Northland participants

  • Tuesday 5th & Thursday 7th September – 7pm to 9pm

Parenting Through Separation

You can choose to do this course in either one four-hour session, or in two x two-hour sessions.

Separating from your partner or spouse is usually stressful, but the effects of this can be minimised for your children.

You can register with our Parenting Education Booking Form here.

We currently offer courses in Auckland and Northland. If we don’t offer courses in your region, check the Ministry of Justice website for a provider close to you.

Parenting Through Separation – Auckland Courses

1 x 4 hour session (Online via Zoom)

  • Friday 29th September – 9:30am to 1:30pm
  • Thursday 5th  October – 5pm to 9pm
  • Friday 6th October – 9:30am to 1:30pm
  • Saturday 7th October – 9:30am to 1:30pm
  • Monday 16th October – 7pm to 9pm
  • Tuesday 17th October – 7pm to 9pm
  • Thursday 19th  October – 5pm to 9pm
  • Saturday 20th October – 9:30am to 1:30pm
  • Saturday 27th October – 9:30am to 1:30pm
  • Thursday 2nd  November – 5pm to 9pm
  • Saturday 3rd November – 9:30am to 1:30pm

2 x 2 hour session (Online via Zoom)

  • Monday 16th &  Tuesday 17th October – 7 pm to 9 pm

1 x 4 hour session – (New Lynn office) – In person course

  • Thursday 28th September – 5pm to 9pm
  • Thursday 12th October – 5pm to 9pm
  • Thursday 26th October – 5pm to 9pm
  • Thursday 9th November – 5pm to 9pm
  • Thursday 23rd  December – 5pm to 9pm
  • Thursday 21 st December – 5pm to 9pm

1 x 4 hour session – (East Auckland) – In person course

  • Saturday 18th November – 9:30am to 1:30pm
  • Saturday 2nd December – 9:30am to 1:30pm

1 x 4 hour session – (Central Auckland – Mt Eden) – In person course

  • Saturday 30th September – 9:30am to 1:30pm
  • Saturday 14th October – 9:30am to 1:30pm
  • Saturday 28th October – 9:30am to 1:30pm
  • Saturday 11th November – 9:30am to 1:30pm
  • Saturday 25th November – 9:30am to 1:30pm

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