Friday, March 18, 2011

The Parenting Place

By Simone at Greatfun4kids

I love the Parenting Place.

Great coffee. Delicious food. Super cheap prices (cheaper than McCafe).
So reasonable in fact that almost every time I go there I have to double check the order....

~ Did you get the kids hot chocolate? The giant gluten free choc chip cookie? The walnut caramel slice? {drool} Oh what about trim chai latte? You got all of it? Oh wow. $11.00 for all that??? Fab.

There are toys for the kids to play with and stacks of space to spread out and run around.
Even a giant touch screen they can do "painting" or play games on.
The walls are covered with words reflecting the values of the place.

Then there's this beautiful rocking horse...

...handcrafted by legendary parenting guru and founder of Parents Inc himself, Ian Grant. Can you believe it? Amazing. He's a grandad you know.

And I got shake hands with Ian!
He was right there at the cafe eating lunch with someone ;last week when I was in there.
I waited til he was finished and then i bowled on up to him and shook his hand.
Thank you for everything you guys do, I said.
And I told him, oh I am writing for the magazine... did you read my stories?
And that he said, yes Mary and I loved them. Thank you so much for contributing.

And then he talked to me about... his grandchildren.
It's easy to see they are never far from his heart.
The Parenting Place is run by people who love kids. And families.

The Parenting Place is more than just a cafe. They have family coaches. And parenting workshops on every parenting topic you can imagine. With legends like Diane Levy taking them.
In the resource centre are all kinds of books and parenting staples like the My Story boxes. The Red Plate. And a wall of "Hot Tips" leaflets...

Sibling Rivalry. Holding a Family Meeting. Ways to Teach Your Children Values.

Those are just the ones I grabbed and stashed in my handbag.

They also have a cool website with webinars, tips and online resources.
So even if you live outside of Auckland you can still visit the Parenting Place online here. You'll just have to make your own coffee.

The Cafe {and resource centre}is located at 300 Great South Rd, Greenlane.

Meet you there for coffee sometime?


The Parenting Place
300 Great South Road
Greenlane, Auckland

PH: 09 524 0025

Open Monday - Friday
Office and bookshop 8.30am to 5.00pm
Cafe 8.30am - 3.00pm


  1. That place looks awesome. Wish we didn't live so far away.

  2. hello..coming by for the first time.. very nice parenting blog here..


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