Parenting
Education

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.

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.

Please get in touch with our Family Services team if you have any questions.

We keep the cost down

There is a cost for the materials of $75 per individual or $110 per couple.

If cost is a barrier, we may be able to help you access a subsidy for financial hardship. Please let us know when you register as this may reduce the cost to $20 per individual.

“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. Please let us know if you’d like more information about how it works.

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

  • An understanding of how zoom works – you can start with their website
  • A stable internet connection
  • A private space free from interruption by children or others
  • Be ready to join the Zoom course on time with the link we’ll send you

You can reach us on familyservices@lifewise.org.nz or by calling 09 818 6834 – choose option 3 for parenting courses.

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Baby and Toddler Years (for parents of 0-4 year olds) Toolbox Parenting Course

Monday evenings 

7:00pm–9:00pm on Zoom, 1 Nov to 6 Dec, 2021.

Topics:

  • Love is the foundation
  • Parents
  • Stronger, deeper, closer
  • Heart-led parenting
  • Discipline without shouting, force, or fluster
  • Putting it all together

You can register here with our Parenting Education Booking Form. If the course is full, you can join the waitlist and may have to wait to the following term. 

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Building Awesome Whānau (for parents of 0-12 year olds) Six Week Parenting Course

Tuesday evenings 

7:00pm to 9:00pm on Zoom from 2 Nov to 7 Dec, 2021.

Friday mornings 

9:30am – 11:30am: Dates and venue not yet finalised.

Topics:

  • Building your family on aroha
  • Parents are the roof: Protecting your whānau; parenting styles
  • The walls of the whare: Boundaries to keep the good stuff in and the bad stuff out
  • Keep it sweet: Atmosphere is everything
  • Cool korero: Communication
  • Outside the whare: Living in the big world

You can register here with our Parenting Education Booking Form. If the course is full, you can join the waitlist and may have to wait to the following term. 

Teenage Years (for parents of Teens 13 years and older) Toolbox Parenting Course

Wednesday evenings
7:00pm– 9:00pm on Zoom from 3 Nov to 8 Dec.

Topics:
– Understanding Love and Connection
– Understanding Yourself as a Parent
– Understanding Our Teenager
– 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. If the course is full, you can join the waitlist and may have to wait to the following term. 

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Parenting Through Separation

Four-hour course
There is no charge for this course 

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

You can choose to do this course in-person over four hours, or online in two zoom sessions of 2-hours each. You can register with our Parenting Education Booking Form here.

Times for 4-hour workshops (via Zoom, where indicated) 

October
Tues 5th & Wed 6th Oct, 7pm to 9pm, ZOOM
Tues 12th & Wed 13th Oct, 7pm to 9pm, ZOOM
Tues 18th & Wed 20th Oct, 7pm to 9pm, ZOOM
Tues 26th & Wed 27th Oct, 7pm to 9pm, ZOOM

October – 4 hour-sessions
Saturday 2nd October 9:30am to 1:30pm, Zoom
Wednesday 6th October, 6pm to 10pm, Zoom
Tuesday 19th October, 6pm to 10pm, Zoom
Wednesday 27th October, 6pm to 10pm, Zoom

November
Thurs 4th & Fri 5th Nov, 7pm to 9pm, ZOOM
Thurs 11th & Fri 12th Nov, 7pm to 9pm, ZOOM
Thurs 18th & Fri 19th Nov, 7pm to 9pm, ZOOM
Thurs 25th & Fri 26th Nov, 7pm to 9pm, ZOOM

November – 4-hour sessions
Tuesday 2nd Nov – 6pm-10pm
Saturday 6th Nov – 9:30am-1:30pm
Tuesday 16th Nov – 6pm-1:30pm
Tuesday 23rd – 6pm-10pm

December
Thurs 2nd & Fri 3rd Dec, 7pm to 9pm, ZOOM
Thurs 9th & Fri 10th Dec, 7pm to 9pm, ZOOM
Thurs 16th & Fri 17th Dec, 7pm to 9pm, ZOOM

December – 4-hour sessions
Saturday 4th – 9:30pm-1:30pm
Tuesday 7th – 6pm-10pm
Tuesday 14th – 6pm-10pm

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Griff Richards

Griff facilitates the Baby & Toddler Years Toolbox, the Building Awesome Whanau on Tuesday evenings, the Teenage Years Toolbox, and the Parenting Through Separation courses.

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Bridget Gundy

Bridget has a background as a family coach, counsellor and Toolbox facilitator. She runs the Parenting Through Separation (PTS) courses - venue to be advised.

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