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Parenting Education Courses

Kids don’t come with instructions, but you can learn practical tips and gain inspiration to help you parent. Lifewise’s parenting 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 parenting education courses that will give you tools to help at each stage of the journey. We also offer a Parenting Through Separation course to help your kids when you separate. Each course is conducted in 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 Zoom courses allows us to conduct them as normal, even if there is a change in Alert Levels. We’ve had great feedback from parents about our Zoom sessions. Lifewise 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 

19 February to 25 March, 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, and 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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Building Awesome Whānau (0-12) Toolbox Parenting Course

Six Friday morning sessions 

23 February to 29 March, 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

20 February to 26 March,  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

21 February to 27 March, 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

2 x 2 hour session – Northland participants (Kerikeri)– Online via ZOOM

  • Tuesday & Thursday 20th & 22th February – 7pm-9pm
  • Tuesday & Thursday 5th & 7th March – 7pm-9pm
  • Tuesday & Thursday 19th & 21st March– 7pm-9pm

1 x 4 hour session – Northland participants (Kerikeri)– In-person course

  • Saturday 24th February –9.30am – 2pm
  • Saturday 30th March – 9.30am – 2pm

1 x 4 hour session – Northland (Man Alive: Tane Ora, Whangārei) participants – In-person course

  • Saturday 2nd March – 10am to 2pm
  • Saturday 16th March – 10am to 2pm
  • Saturday 30th March – 10am to 2pm

Parenting Through Separation

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

Separating from your partner or spouse is usually stressful, but you can minimise the effects of this 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)

  • Thursday, 29th February – 5pm-9pm
  • Thursday, 14th March – 5pm-9pm

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

  • Thursday, 22nd February – 5pm-9pm
  • Thursday, 7th March – 5pm-9pm

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

  • TBC

1 x 4 hour session – (East Auckland – Manukau, Willowbank School) – In-person course

  • Saturday, 16th March – 9:30am-1:30pm

1 x 4 hour session – (East Auckland – Manukau) – Online via Zoom

  • Wednesday 21th February – 12pm-4pm

  • Wednesday 6th March – 12pm-4pm

  • Friday 8th March – 9:30am-1:30pm

  • Friday 15th March – 9:30am-1:30pm

  • Wednesday 20th March – 12pm-4pm

  • Friday 22nd March – 9:30am-1:30pm

  • Wednesday 27th March – 12pm-4pm

2 x 2 hour session – (East Auckland – Manukau) – Online via Zoom

  • Monday & Tuesday 5th & 6th March – 7pm-9pm

  • Monday & Tuesday 25th & 26th March – 7pm-9pm

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