Why do it?
- We want the best for our children.
- Pregnancy is a good time to think about what we want for their future.
- If we have ideas and dreams for baby, we can think about how we raise them to make those dreams become reality.
- Baby’s future depends on the way their brain ‘wires up’ in response to experiences of the world — especially experiences with familiar people.
- Parents influence the way a baby’s brain connects up because they provide the experiences — they’re the architects of their baby’s brain.
How to do it
- Read Tākai resource Thinking about parenting, page 2.
- Think and talk about what you’d like baby to be like when they’re 5, 15 and 25 years old.
- Talk with your partner, whānau or friends about your dreams for baby and what you’ll do to make them happen.
- You could also write these thoughts down and put them in baby’s treasure box.
Using more reo Māori
|Te reo Māori||English|
|Ngā wawata||Dreams, wishes|
|Ā tōna wā||A time in the future|
|Kōrero kōrero To tell, say, speak, read, talk, address Maori | Verb||Talk, communicate|
|Hoa hoa Friend, companion, mate, partner, spouse, ally Maori | Noun||Friend|
|Whānau whānau Extended family, family group, a familiar term of address to a number of people - the primary economic unit of traditional Māori society. In the modern context the term is sometimes used to include friends who may not have any kinship ties to other members Maori | Noun||Family group|
|Tuhituhi tuhituhi Writing Maori | Noun||Writing|
|Pepa pepa Paper, newspaper Maori | Noun||Paper|
|Pene pene Pen, pencil. Maori | Noun||Pen or pencil|
|Whakaaro whakaaro Thought, opinion, plan, understanding, idea, intention, gift, conscience Maori | Noun||Thoughts|
|Waka huia waka huia Treasure box Maori | Noun||Treasure box|
|Āta āta Gently, slowly, carefully, clearly, deliberately, purposefully, intentionally, openly, thoroughly, cautiously, intently, quite - stands before verbs to indicate care, deliberation or thoroughness in carrying out the activity. Maori | Modifier||Carefully/purposefully|
|Kia āta whakaaro he aha ngā wawata mō to tamaiti||
Carefully consider what are your dreams/wishes for your child