Plum Parenting opened in 2007 and by 2015 over 500 families in the Wellington region and more elsewhere in New Zealand and overseas, had benefited. From 2009 to 2012 Plum Parenting was based at the Plum Garden Parenting Centre in Brooklyn, Wellington (see slideshow below). During this time, Mary facilitated playgroups with an emphasis on parent education. In 2012 Mary closed Plum Garden and embarked on a two-year road trip around New Zealand in response to requests from parents and schools, to offer lectures and mentoring in their communities.
After re-establishing her practice in Wellington with a focus on individual parent mentoring, Mary began creating an online parenting course based on her work.
In 2018, Mary relocated to Masterton and began devoting much more time to refining the Plum Parenting course materials in preparation for her much anticipated video series to finally go into production. While it will never be a substitute for the individually-tailored mentoring experience, it will offer all of Mary’s core ideas to the masses in an engaging presentation that will leave viewers with both a fresh perspective on life as a parent and the practical steps to change the dynamic at home!