Parents want the best for their tamariki but what is the best? Experiences you choose for baby and people they meet will help prepare them for the future. Your dreams can give your child strategies to work, love and play in the world they grow up in.

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 moemoeā Dreams
Ngā wawata Dreams, wishes
Ā tōna wā A time in the future
Talk, communicate
Family group
Pen or pencil
Treasure box
Kia āta whakaaro he aha ngā wawata mō to tamaiti
Carefully consider what are your dreams/wishes for your child