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.

Costs:

There is no charge for the Parenting Through Separation course.

For the other six week courses, the cost for the materials is $75 per individual or $110 per couple (+ $10 courier fee).

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 familyservices@lifewise.org.nz or by calling 09 818 6834 – choose option 3 for parenting courses.

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Baby and Toddler Years (0-4) Toolbox Parenting Course

Six Monday evenings 

31st October to 5th  December, 7pm to 9pm, New Lynn

Topics:

  • Love is the foundation
  • Our Parenting Styles
  • 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.

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Three little girls sitting together on a grassy bank.

Building Awesome Whānau (0-12) Toolbox Parenting Course

Six Tuesday evenings OR Six Friday morning sessions 

Six Tuesday evenings: 1st November to 6th December, 7pm to 9pm, New Lynn

OR

Six Friday mornings: 4th November to 9th December, 9:30am to 11:30am, New Lynn

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.

Teenage Years (13+) Toolbox Parenting Course

Six Wednesday evenings

2nd November to 7th December, 7pm to 9pm, New Lynn

Topics:
– 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

September – 2 x 2 hour sessions (Online via Zoom)

  • Tuesday 27th & Wednesday 28th September – 7:00pm to 9:00pm

1 x 4 hour session – September (Whangārei)

  • Saturday 24th September, 9:30am – 1:30pm

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

1 x 4 hour session (Online via Zoom) – September

  • Friday 16th September – 11:00am to 3:00pm
  • Monday 19th September – 9:30am to 1:30pm
  • Tuesday 20th September – 12:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Wednesday 21st September – 9:30am to 1:30pm
  • Thursday 22nd September – 6:00pm to 10:00pm
  • Friday 23rd September – 11:00am to 3:00pm
  • Monday 26th September – 9:30am to 1:30pm
  • Wednesday 28th September – 9:30am to 1:30pm
  • Thursday 29th September – 6:00pm to 10:00pm
  • Friday 30th September – 11:00am to 3:00pm

1 x 4 hour session – September (In-person, Lifewise Gordon House Mt Eden)

  • Saturday 24th September – 9:30am to 1:30pm

1 x 4 hour session (In person, Willowbank School, Dannemora)

  • Saturday 17th September – 9:30am to 1:30pm

2 x 2 hour sessions – September (online via Zoom)

  • Monday 26th & Tuesday 27th September – 7:00pm to 9:00pm
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Toni Yarrow

Toni is the Northland Facilitator

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Laura Beattie

Laura is a Parenting Through Separation facilitator.

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Zelda Poetofaeono

Zelda is a Parenting Through Speration facilitator

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Irka Omoboni-Soulat

Irka is a Parenting Through Speration facilitator

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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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