Whakanuia reminds us to look back and celebrate the growth and development of mokopuna, parents and whānau. Many whānau enjoy celebrating the amazing changes that happen in the first years of their baby’s life.
Make celebrations about more than pēpi. Celebrate the parents and their experience of parenting pēpi too, and the people who have supported them in that role.
The concept of mana tangata mana tangata Power and status accrued through one's leadership talents, human rights, mana of people Maori | Noun refers to the power a person gains through their abilities, efforts and accomplishments.
- parents learn and grow their parenting skills and abilities
- whānau provide valuable support to help new parents adjust and enjoy their role
- together they combine their individual skills and knowledge for the collective benefit.
Some new parents say they gained a new appreciation of their own parents and grandparents after becoming parents themselves and experiencing firsthand the commitment that being a parent requires.
He iti tangata, e tipu. He iti toki, he iti tonu iho.
This whakataukī reminds us that children are continually changing and growing.
Many parents enjoy making a record of milestones their pēpi has reached. They might collect photos, write little stories or create a treasure book or waka huia (treasure container) about their pēpi.
Helping parents to see the value they bring to their baby's development can be uplifting for many. It can help those who may feel whakamā whakamā To be ashamed, shy, bashful, embarrassed Maori | Verb about acknowledging their role.
Pēpi is 1
Many whānau enjoy celebrating their child’s first birthday. It’s a milestone that recognises the amazing changes that have happened in just 12 months. This is a time to look back at the past year and the wonderful learning, growth and development everyone has achieved together. Tūmeke whānau!
Let's remember some of the ways you've helped pēpi through their first year.