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PARENTING SEMINARS with Mary Willow - 2 weeks of evening and Saturday morning seminars

Helping our Children become Confident, Resilient, Free-thinking Adults. Mary Willow is presenting her ‘From Roots to Wings’ series of parenting talks over two weeks - hosted by Michael Park School. Those who attended her series at Titirangi last year will know Mary is a passionate and entertaining speaker and the founder of Plum Parenting, a service for parents, providing parent counseling, talks and courses, educationand mentoring on parenting. Mary has practiced as a Registered Nurse,Midwife, Steiner Early Childhood Teacher, Parent Educator, lecturer and counselor. 

Her seminars were enthusiastically received by those who attended and are very highly recommended.

Are you feeling out of your depth with parenting issues? Has your child’s behaviour got you frazzled or stumped? Is the parenting dynamic not quite working? Do you need support to get started? Just want a few more skills?

Even with the best of intentions parenting can quickly become stressful and bewildering. The ‘From Roots to Wings’ series will give parents a chance to transform their insights and breath new life and strength into the parent-child,parent-parent relationships.

* From Roots to Wings

  • Part 1: Understanding the Journey of Childhood: Friday 1st March, 7pm to 9.30pm

  • Part 2: Up and Over the Mountain of Reactivity: Saturday 2nd March, 9.30am-12.30pm

* The Journey from Birth to 7 years: Monday 4th March,  7pm to 9.30pm

* Passage through The Ninth Year: Wednesday 6th March, 7pm to 9.30pm

* Positive, Effective Freedom and Boundaries

  • Part 1: Friday 8th March, 7pm - 9.30pm
  • Part 2: Saturday 9th March, 9.30am - 12.30pm

If you wish to attend ‘Positive, Effective Freedom and Boundaries’ then it is essential you also attend Mary’s opening lecture ‘Understanding the Journey of Childhood’ as an introduction/ companion talk.

* Understanding Adolescence: Tuesday March 12th - 7pm to 9.30pm

* The Special Zone of 10-12 Year-olds: Thursday March 14th - 7pm to 9.30pm


Venue: Michael Park Rudolf Steiner School, 55 Amy Street, Ellerslie

Cost: $5 per person per session

Registration: please email

This series is for parents with children of all ages. These talks give parents, teachers and childhood workers new and essential understanding of the profoundly different stages of childhood, how children learn at each stage and how to respond with age-appropriate parenting and teaching. From there we will focus on what to do when children encounter difficulty and how to guide them through sensitivity, reactivity, resistance and distraction to confidence, resilience and success.

Please Note: ideally all participants will have attended the first seminar as early childhood is the critical period for laying the foundation for all learning and wellbeing and we cannot understand the learning of the later years without this