Responsive Parenting

Tabitha Jonson

  • Bachelor of Arts,
  • Graduate Diploma of Teaching
  • Parenting Mentor at The Peaceful Parent Institute
  • Mum to two lovable,  often exasperating children
  • Teaching roles in primary schools, leadership roles and special education


Responsive Parenting Workshops - Equipping families for the parenting journey

Facilitated by Tabitha JohnsonBachelor of Arts, Grad Dip Teaching. Parenting Mentor at The Peaceful Parent Institute.

Palmerston North Parents Centre’s Responsive Parenting Workshops are designed to encourage, support and equip families with positive, ‘responsive’ and non-punitive strategies for the parenting journey.

There are 6 workshops in total, run over a 6 week course. Each workshop builds on the previous to form the overall Responsive Parenting course.

Workshop 1: Introduction to Responsive Parenting

This workshop looks at parenting in today’s society, different parenting styles, and your family’s values and goals

Workshop 2: Development and Expectations

Explores brain and social/emotional development of young children and appropriate expectations for your child/children

Workshop 3: Connecting with Your Kids

Understand the importance of secure attachment and strategies for building strong, positive relationships with your children

Workshop 4: Behaviour and Discipline

Understanding what drives behaviour and the differences between discipline & punishment

Workshop 5: Effective Boundaries

Learn how to implement effective boundaries using empathy and other supportive strategies learnt throughout the Course

Workshop 6: Communication and Guidance

Learning to guide your child using effective communication strategies including active listening, problem-solving and “I” statements


These workshops are open to all members of the public to attend. We strongly encourage couples or individuals parenting together (including grandparents if relevant) to both attend the workshops.

  • $35 / couple per series (all 6 workshops in a series)
  • $20 / single per series (all 6 workshops in a series)

Register Now

Spaces are limited and registrations are essential. See our calendar for dates and to register. 

Not sure if responsive parenting is for you? We run responsive parenting hot topic nights every few months. These are a great introduction and provide useful strategies that you can take home. See our calendar for dates and to register.