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Tākai resources you can use with whānau to explore how planning the day helps create a sense of security.

Planning the day can help give parents and their child a sense of security and wellbeing. Knowing what’s coming next also helps everyone feel prepared.

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In the Whakatipu booklet Te Pihinga 3 in ‘Ngā tohu whānau, A structured and secure world’ on page 23, we’re reminded to ‘Balance daily activities so there’s a mixture of quiet and active times.’

Here are some other helpful places in Te Pihinga 3 to explore with whānau:

  • Page 3 – ‘Pēpi says: I’ll be moving freely, maybe crawling, pulling myself to stand, walking holding on to things — furniture, people! Or I might be walking without help.’
  • Page 5 – ‘Whānau say: We make sure sturdy and safe surfaces are clear for him to pull himself up to and stand at, and we help him walk or “cruise” along.’
  • Page 6 – ‘Whānau say: She likes to practise new motor skills too, over and over and over again!’
  • Page 16 – ‘Pēpi says: My whānau know that playing and lots of love is exactly what my brain and wairua need.’
  • Page 17 – ‘Whānau say: We try and make playing together a regular part of every day.’

In the Tākai booklet Thinking about Parenting on page 8, we’re also reminded that planning the day ahead can help avoid problems before they start: ‘Balance the day so kids get a mixture of activity, rest, time with others, time alone, and some time with you.’

Conversation starters

Ask the whānau:

  • How does this match with what’s going on in your whānau at the moment?
  • What changes have you noticed in your toddler’s behaviour?
  • Why do you think that’s happening?
  • How has this affected things for your whānau?
  • Can you tell me about the things you feel happy about with your toddler?
  • How about the challenges?
  • What would help you to balance the days better?
  • What else would you like to talk about?
  • What more would you like to find out about?

How does this relate to Tākai resources?

Baby wall frieze, Tukuna ahau kia mahi, kia mōhio ai ahau me pēhea te ako – Let me do things over and over again

Six things children need, Te aroha me te mahana – Love and warmth

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