Our Term 4 Toolbox Courses are now full. Meanwhile, please feel free to register for Term 1 courses starting in 2021. Any registrations received from now will be for our courses running in Term 1, 2021. If you have any questions, please contact Jess at jessh@lifewise.org.nz or 09 818 6834 and choose option 3 for parenting courses.

PARENTING EDUCATION

Lifewise runs six-week parenting courses regularly throughout the year.

These are open to any parent looking for practical tips and parenting inspiration.

We also run courses for Parenting Through Separation.

 

To book, or register your interest, please complete our booking form and Jess from our family support team will be in touch with you.

There is a cost to cover course material: From gold coin donation $2 per session to $75 per individual or $110 per couple.

There is a subsidy available for financial hardship. All courses are FREE to foster parents and caregivers.


Our evening Toolbox courses will be run via Zoom. Please note this is a change from our original schedule for this course. The reason for this is that we do not have space to safely accommodate the number of attendees with appropriate distancing, and it also allows for continuity in the event that alert levels in Auckland are changed again. People who have already registered will be contacted to check that Zoom works for them. Otherwise, please feel free to register for our next term, where we will hopefully be able to offer ‘in person’ courses again.

The Toolbox Parenting Courses offered in Term 4 are:

Baby and Toddler Years
(0 to 4)

Monday evenings

Topics:

Love is the foundation

Parents

Stronger, deeper, closer

Heart-led parenting

Discipline without shouting, force, or fluster

Putting it all together

Starts Monday 19 October

via Zoom 🎥 7:00 pm to 9:15pm

Our Term 4 Toolbox Courses are now full. Meanwhile, please feel free to register for Term 1 courses starting in 2021. Any registrations received from now will be for our courses running in Term 1, 2021. If you have any questions, please contact Jess at jessh@lifewise.org.nz or 09 818 6834 and choose option 3 for parenting courses.

Building Awesome Whanau
(0-12)

(Tuesday evenings via Zoom 🎥 or Friday mornings at New Lynn office 🏫)

Topics: 

Building your family on aroha

Parents are the roof: Protecting your whanau; 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

Tuesday evenings

Starts Tuesday 20th October

via Zoom 🎥 from 7:00 pm to 9:15 pm

OR

Friday mornings

Starts Friday 16th October

at New Lynn office 🏫 9:30 am to 11:30 am

Our Term 4 Toolbox Courses are now full. Meanwhile, please feel free to register for Term 1 courses starting in 2021. Any registrations received from now will be for our courses running in Term 1, 2021. If you have any questions, please contact Jess at jessh@lifewise.org.nz or 09 818 6834 and choose option 3 for parenting courses.

Teenage years
(13+)

(Wednesday evenings)

Topics:

Love is the foundation

Parents

Stronger, deeper, closer

Heart-led parenting

Discipline without shouting, force, fluster

Putting it all together

Starts Wednesday 21st October

via Zoom 🎥 7:00 pm to 9:15 pm

Our Term 4 Toolbox Courses are now full. Meanwhile, please feel free to register for Term 1 courses starting in 2021. Any registrations received from now will be for our courses running in Term 1, 2021. If you have any questions, please contact Jess at jessh@lifewise.org.nz or 09 818 6834 and choose option 3 for parenting courses.

Lifewise Family Services
3131 Great North Rd, New Lynn

If you would like to register for a Toolbox course, please complete our online registration form, or contact Jess (jessh@lifewise.org.nz) if you’d like more information.

We are currently closing off our courses sooner than we would usually in order to ensure that we have smaller course numbers and can have appropriate distancing between attendees. If you register for a course that is full, we will get in contact to let you know what other options we have available. We will have hand sanitiser and hand-washing facilitates at our venues, and request that attendees wear a mask if possible. Please do not attend if you are unwell with any cold or flu symptoms, but contact us so we can reschedule you for when you are well.

If you have any questions, please contact Jess at jessh@lifewise.org.nz or 09 818 6834 and choose option 3 for parenting courses.

Parenting Through Separation

How to help your kids when you separate

 

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

We run courses in two venues: 3131 Great North Rd, New Lynn; and Gordon House, 227 Mt Eden Rd, Mt Eden.

We also have the option to attend some via Zoom. Spaces on Zoom courses are limited, and we try to restrict these to people who are otherwise genuinely unable to attend a course in person (e.g. lives rurally, unable to access childcare, disability). We may contact you to confirm your reasons for attending the course via Zoom and discuss the requirements.

Please see the dates indicated below. Instead of one 4-hour session, these are two 2-hour sessions. The facilitator will email you the details for joining the Zoom session a few days before the course.

OCTOBER

 

Thur 1 Oct, 7pm to 9pm – Zoom Session, 2 hours 🎥

Fri 2 Oct, 7pm to 9pm – Zoom Session, 2 hours 🎥

 

Thur 8 Oct, 7pm to 9pm – Zoom Session, 2 hours 🎥

Fri 9 Oct, 7pm to 9pm – Zoom Session, 2 hours 🎥

 

Thur 8 Oct, 6pm to 10pm
[Mt Eden, 4 hours]

 

Thur 15 Oct, 6pm to 10pm
[Mt Eden, 4 hours]

 

Saturday 17 Oct 10am to 2pm
Zoom Session, 4 hours 🎥

 

Thur 22 Oct, 7pm to 9pm – Zoom Session, 2 hours 🎥

Fri 23 Oct, 7pm to 9pm – Zoom Session, 2 hours 🎥

 

Saturday 24 Oct, 9:30am to 1:30pm
[Mt Eden, 4 hours]

 

Saturday 31 Oct, 10am to 2pm
Zoom Session, 4 hours 🎥

NOVEMBER

 

Wednesday 4 Nov, 6pm to 10pm
[Mt Eden, 4 hours]

 

Thursday 5 Nov, 7pm to 9pm – Zoom Session, 2 hours 🎥
Friday 6 Nov, 7pm to 9pm – Zoom Session, 2 hours 🎥

 

Thursday 12 Nov, 6pm to 10pm
[Mt Eden, 4 hours]

 

Saturday 14 Nov, 10am to 2pm
[New Lynn, 4 hours]

 

Thursday 19 Nov, 7pm to 9pm – Zoom Session, 2 hours 🎥
Friday 20 Nov, 7pm to 9pm – Zoom Session, 2 hours 🎥 

 

Saturday 21 Nov, 9:30am to 1:30pm
[Mt Eden, 4 hours]

 

Thursday 26 Nov, 7pm to 9pm – Zoom Session, 2 hours 🎥
Friday 27 Nov, 7pm to 9pm – Zoom Session, 2 hours 🎥

DECEMBER

 

Thursday 3 Dec, 7pm to 9pm – Zoom Session, 2 hours 🎥
Friday 4 Dec, 7pm to 9pm – Zoom Session, 2 hours 🎥

 

Saturday 5 Dec, 9.30am-1.30pm
[Mt Eden, 4 hours]

 

Thursday 10 Dec, 6pm-10pm
[Mt Eden, 4 hours]

 

Saturday 12 Dec, 10am to 2pm
[New Lynn, 4 hours]

 

Thursday 17 Dec, 7pm to 9pm – Zoom Session, 2 hours 🎥
Friday 18 Dec, 7pm to 9pm – Zoom Session, 2 hours 🎥

Important notes for Zoom sessions 

Spaces on Zoom courses are limited, and we try to restrict these to people who are otherwise genuinely unable to attend a course in person (e.g. lives rurally, unable to access childcare, disability). We may contact you to confirm your reasons for attending the course via Zoom and discuss the requirements.

1.  You will need to be familiar with how Zoom operates.

2.  You will need a good and stable internet connection.

3.  You will need a private space free from interruption by children or others.

4.  You will need to be ready to join the Zoom course on time (you will be sent a reminder message).

If you would like to attend one of our Parenting Through Separation courses, please complete our online registration form, or contact Jess (jessh@lifewise.org.nz) if you’d like more information. 

Our Facilitators

Griff Richards
(Parenting Facilitator)

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

Email Griff at griffr@lifewise.org.nz

Sheridan Eketone
(Toolbox Facilitator Trainer)

Sheridan works for The Parenting Place. She facilitates the Building Awesome Whanau Toolbox on Friday mornings.

Bridget Gundy
(PTS Facilitator)

Bridget has a background as a family coach, counsellor and Toolbox facilitator. She runs the Parenting Through Separation (PTS) courses at our Mt Eden venue.

About Lifewise Family Services

In addition to parenting courses, we provide social work support in the following areas to families living in West Auckland:

  • Parenting
  • Advocacy
  • Health/wellbeing
  • Counselling
  • Budgeting
  • Housing
  • Family relationships
  • Family violence
  • Community respite

If you have questions about our parenting courses, please email familyservices@lifewise.org.nz or phone 09 818 6834

If you need help please contact Lifewise

This can be done confidentially by phone or email.

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