Family Works Central

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the best place to raise children
in flourishing families

Parenting

Being a good Mum, Dad, step-parent or guardian is one of the toughest, yet most important, jobs you can do. Sometimes it might even feel like you’re negotiating a minefield!

Whether you’re just starting out, experiencing problems, parenting other people’s children, wanting to put some more fun into it or just needing some support from other parents – Family Works is here to help you.

Individual support

Family Works Central is able to provide professional support and advice individual parents and/or couples. This may include one-to-one support and education, counselling or social work services.

Parenting programmes

Family Works Central offers a variety of parent education groups that can support you to be a positive role model for the children in your life. Each programme is developed around the needs of the community, however common topics include:

  • understanding the behaviour of your children or teenagers
  • building strong relationships with your children or teenagers
  • parenting tips and skills
  • communicating with your children or teenagers
  • developing a strategy for parenting or dealing with challenging behaviour.

View the Family Works parenting programme calendar  for more information about upcoming courses. (Opens as a .pdf document)

Current programmes include:

Incredible Years
Incredible Years is an evidence-based support programme for parents of children aged between three and eight years. It can help you deal with challenging behaviours in a positive way. This programme is currently available in Taranaki, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa. Read more about Incredible Years.

Negotiating the Minefield
Negotiating the Minefield is a programme for parents of teenagers. It can help you understand your teenager’s situation and develop ways to positively re-engage with them, including the art of contract negotiation. This programme is currently available in Taranaki. Read more about Negotiating the Minefield.

Good Fathers programme
The Good Fathers programme is a supportive and therapeutic programme for fathers, or fathers-to-be, who are struggling to deal with their emotions and find themselves getting angry or aggressive. It can help you develop the confidence and skills to be a positive influence for your children. This programme is currently available in Hutt Valley and Wairarapa. Read more about the Good Father’s programme.

Growing Together
Growing Together has been designed to help parents or caregivers understand the stages of their child’s development, and developing positive parenting skills and styles in order to build strong bonds with their children and promote good behaviour. This programme is currently available in Hutt Valley, Taranaki and Wairarapa. Read more about Growing Together.

Connecting with your Child/Teen
Connecting with your Child/Teen will help you better understand your children and/or teenagers. It will teach you practical tips and specific tools for building and maintaining good relationships with them. This programme is currently available in Taranaki. Read more about Connecting with you Child/Teen.

Boundaries with Kids
Boundaries with Kids has been designed to help parents or caregivers understand the stages of their child’s development, and develop the ten principles of happy parenting. This programme is currently available in Whanganui. Read more about Boundaries with Kids. 

Available in…

Family Works offers parenting education and support in Taranaki, Whanganui, Wellington, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa. In most cases the programmes are provided at a very low cost or even free of change.

Support us…

Family Works Central’s parenting education and support is only made possible thanks to the support and generosity of our communities. Click here to make a donation to Family Works Central or call 0508 TO HELP (that’s 0508 86 4357).

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