Par­ents re­lief: Just around the cor­ner in Green­lane

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What par­ent doesn’t want to is­sue an SOS now and again? Or wishes he or she could get sent to time out just to es­cape the kids?

If you’ve had mo­ments like th­ese, then you’ll be re­lieved to know there’s a place just for you on Great South Rd: The Par­ent­ing Place. Part of Par­ents Inc, it’s a won­der­ful re­source for mums, dads, grand­par­ents, rel­lies, friends, teach­ers and any­body else who wants to make a pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence in chil­dren’s lives.

For starters, when you walk through the doors you’ll find the most comfortable cafe you’ve ever set eyes on. Hav­ing a fresh cup of cof­fee and a re­lax­ing chat with other par­ents, friends or Par­ents Inc vol­un­teers is cer­tain to boost your spir­its.

But that’s only the start. There’s the book­shop, with all the best books on par­ent­ing, mar­riage and re­la­tion­ships, chil­dren’s sto­ries and other ti­tles of in­ter­est; play spa­ces for par­ents and chil­dren; in­ter­ac­tive au­dio-vis­ual sites; and meet­ing rooms for con­fer­ences and work­shops.

“We want this to be a par­ent­ing haven,” says Par­ents Inc CEO Bruce Pil­brow. “We’re here to in­spire and en­cour­age par­ents. To that end our pro­grammes are in­clu­sive and non-judge­men­tal, al­ways em­pha­sis­ing the pos­i­tive changes we can make.”

One of their of­fer­ings is Tool­box par­ent­ing groups, which are sixweek, in­for­mal par­ent­ing ses­sions run in homes or com­mu­nity venues.

They are filled with ex­pert ad­vice, em­pow­er­ing strate­gies, hu­mour and creative ways for de­vel­op­ing a happy home, co-op­er­a­tive kids and ideas you’ll be ea­ger to put into prac­tice.

Their low-priced prac­ti­cal work­shops for par­ents fo­cus on such top­ics as mo­ti­vat­ing your chil­dren to take re­spon­si­bil­ity, in­tro­duc­ing your sons to man­hood and par­ent­ing your teenager. The Hot Tips sem­i­nars cen­tre on mar­riage and re­la­tion­ships.

For more in­for­ma­tion about th­ese and other pro­grammes – new work­shops be­gan this week – visit the web­site at www.the­p­ar­ent­ing place.com.

Last year Par­ents Inc staff, vol­un­teers and re­source peo­ple spoke to more than 212,000 peo­ple over the age of 13 through work­shops, par­ent­ing groups, sem­i­nars and coach­ing ses­sions.

Twelve ra­dio sta­tions broad­cast the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s weekly ra­dio pro­gramme, Par­ent­ing Mag­a­zine boasts 80,000 read­ers per is­sue and Maori TV hosts their show, No Sweat Par­ent­ing.

A non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion, Par­ents Inc did all this without gov­ern­ment fund­ing.

“A great so­ci­ety is built upon great fam­i­lies, and we want to be part of mak­ing this hap­pen in New Zealand

The Par­ent­ing Place is lo­cated at 300 Great South Rd, Green­lane. Hours are 8.30am to 5pm. There’s park­ing out front, but if the carpark is full, ex­tra park­ing is avail­able in Marewa Rd.

Call 524-0025 or email info@par­entsinc. org.nz.

Re­sources and more: The book­shop and cafe are only the beginning of what’s avail­able at The Par­ent­ing Place.

Vi­sion state­ment: “To pos­i­tively im­pact ev­ery fam­ily – drives us,” Bruce Pil­brow says.

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