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Navigating choppy seas

Parenting is like sailing. At times, we can be riding a wave of emotions with the wind Tāwhirimātea trying to throw us off course. Sometimes all it takes is a simple adjustment to your sails so the wind pushes you forward, like this story about how a beautiful tohunga navigated choppy seas.

He rapu ngāngara te mahi

Here's a fun idea for spending time together with your tamariki – go on a bug hunt! 

Do things together you enjoy

Paula talks about the things her whānau likes to do together for quality time.

Dreams for whānau and tamariki

We travelled around Aotearoa connecting with some of the SKIP whānau hearing your dreams for whānau and mokopuna.

Learning through play

Dorothy talks about the things they do to help her tamariki learn new things in a fun way.

Showing pride in your tamariki

Our panel of awesome dads from Ūawa chat about how and when they show they are proud of their tamariki.

Building a support network

Tara talks about the different places and people that form her support network and how she utilises them in her everyday whānau life.

What matters to tamariki?

We asked tamariki aged three to seven to share share how they like to be treated. Their words provide insights into what really matters in a positive nurturing relationship.

Become the editor and model for your children

Deb Rewiri talks about becoming the editor for your children in tricky times, like navigating COVID-19 Alert Levels. 

Creating safe spaces for whānau

Community weaver Sue Rei shares how they set up a toy library in her community of Taita that brings whānau and community together.

Connecting whānau in Turangi

Carol has been running playgroups in the wider Turangi area for a little over forty years. These playgroups connect parents from around the community and encourage learning through play for tamariki

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Tip of the week

Kia kaha te takaro

Parents and whānau are a child’s first and most important playmates. Anything can be turned into play. Getting dressed, household chores, hanging out the clothes, sorting the washing and shopping are all opportunities to have fun and watch children learn and grow.

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