Family Works Central

Making Aotearoa New Zealand
the best place to raise children
in flourishing families

Growing Together

What if we could make parenting easy…or at least easier?

Family Works’ Growing Together programme has been designed because ‘having kids doesn’t come with a manual’! We understand that being a good mum, dad or carer is not always easy. Yet it’s the most important thing you’ll do in your entire life.

If you’re interested in building stronger relationships with your children, if you want to add more practical skills to your parenting tool kit, and if you want to put some fun back into your role as a parent, then Growing Together could be for you!

This relaxed, informative and supportive group programme is usually made up of six 2-hour sessions over six weeks.

The programme is expertly run by our experienced Family Works facilitators in a group setting, which means you’ll come away with practical parenting skills and advice and support from parents in similar situations.

We cover topics such as:

• your kids’ developmental ages and stages
• the importance of child-led play
• the four parenting styles
• the temperaments of your kids
• modelling behaviour and managing challenging behaviour
• setting boundaries, routines and structure
• listening skills
• building self esteem.

Upcoming Growing Together programmes

New Plymouth

Date: Tuesdays, 15 May to 19 June (six sessions)
Time: 9.30am to 11.30am
Facilitator: Vanessa Harrison
Location: Family Works Centre, 51 Buller Street, New Plymouth
Cost: $10 per person (covers all 6 sessions)
To register: 06 758 5037



Date: Mondays, 21 May to 26 June (six sessions)
Time: 1pm to 2.30pm
Facilitator: Vanessa Harrison
Location: Teen Parenting Unit
To register: Contact the Teen Parenting Unit



Date: Thursdays, 17 May to 21 June (six sessions)
Time: 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Facilitator: Debbie Johnston
Location: Co-operating Parish, Opunake
To register: Phone 06 765 0531 or 06 758 5037



Date: Mondays, 14 May to 2 July (eight sessions)
Time: 9.30am to 12pm
Facilitator: Puti Tamehana and Jim Berry
Location: Family Works, 179 Wicksteed St, Whanganui
Cost: free
To register: Phone 06 345 6681 or email


For more information about Growing Together, or to register, call us on 0800 FAM WORKS.

Growing Together is often available in Taranaki, Whanganui, Wellington, Upper Hutt and Wairarapa. Contact us to find out about the next programme near you.

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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