Helping tamaiti strengthen family bonds and their sense of belonging, and build their cultural identity.
Who are we?
Community champion Latu To’omaga is Samoan, and the mother of his children is palagi. Watch this short YouTube video(external link) of Latu talking to Vicky Ellison about how his tamaiti are developing a sense of their cultural identity.
In the video, Latu highlights how important it is to expose children to both parents’ cultures. He even asked a friend of his, whose parents are also of different ethnicities, to help him have a conversation with his children. This is a good idea to remember. Asking a friend for moral support when you want to discuss something with kids can be very helpful, especially when they have first-hand experiences they can share.
The important messages to the kids:
- you’re loved by both parents
- you belong in both cultures
- different is awesome
- we’re all unique.
Teach me about our family
A very important message found on the Tākai baby frieze is 'Teach me about my family’.
This Tākai resource, Teach me about my family, reinforces the importance of talking with children about their whānau. This helps tamaiti increase their sense of belonging and keeps family memories alive.
There are many things families can do to strengthen bonds and build cultural identity.
- valuing family treasures and photos
- sharing songs and dance
- making sure our tamaiti feel connected to their heritage.