Parenting Courses


Improve your relationship with your children to build a healthy, happy whānau!

“Initiating Independence” is a parenting course for parents of 6 to 12-year olds.

The upcoming course in March 2021 in Petone, Lower Hutt is NOW FULLY BOOKED.


10 March to 14 April 2021

2 hours per week for 6 weeks

Wednesdays 7 pm – 9 pm

Petone Community Centre, 6 Britannia Street, Petone, Lower Hutt.

You will learn: 

  • Effective parenting strategies 
  • How to meet the attachment needs of your little one
  • How your parenting style responds to your child’s emotional needs 
  • How to introduce consistent discipline
  • To better understand your child’s developmental needs 
  • How to communicate effectively in your family 
  • And… re-gain confidence in your ability to parent

By the end of the course, you will:

  • feel confident in your parenting skills,
  • have effective strategies up your sleeve and
  • feel the joy of being a parent!

You can have a peaceful family life and a great relationship with your little ones.

Courses take place in small groups so that you can learn in a comfortable, safe environment. 

Cost of course

1 Participant $50, 2 Participants $70

About the course

Children aged 6-12-year-old are developing their sense of self. They are learning about rules and the need for them, and how responsibilities and freedoms work. They are learning and practising a wide range of new and essential practical, social, and emotional skills.

The purpose of the “Initiating Independence” parenting course is to provide information and build skills to help create improved family relationships. The six sessions are designed to empower parents to solve behavioural issues and to understand how to communicate with and support their child through the middle years.

Course sessions

  1. The Parent’s Job, The Child’s Job – An introduction to effective parenting and discipline
  2. Different Ages – Different Stages – Understanding what to expect
  3. Parenting Styles – Being on the same page
  4. Secure Children, Confident Adults – What does attachment mean?
  5. Speaking their Language – Communicating effectively
  6. Pushing the Boundaries – Discipline and the growing child

Our Approach 
Group discussions. Practical tasks. Sharing ideas with other parents.
The facilitators initiate helpful changes through using a positive and empathetic engagement with the participants.  This helps to create a safe and relaxed space in which parents can share their family dynamics and issues.

  • Learn skills to communicate with and support your child
  • Understand your child’s behaviour
  • Feel empowered to solve behavioural issues


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