Parents relief: Just around the corner in Greenlane
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.