Workshop Tips for babies


  • To build the confidence and ability to parent positively.
  • To use a firm and fair approach to parenting.
  • To understand the difference between discipline and punishment.


Ask the group: ‘What are some of the words people use to describe babies?’ Make a list or draw a picture of a baby and write the words around it.

Read page 8 of the SKIP Tips for babies booklet together. Consider the statement, ‘No baby is naughty’. Ask the participants:

  • Do you agree?
  • Why do people think that babies are naughty?
  • What do you think is really happening?
  • Read page 10 about crying, and compare it with page 11 of Whakatipu booklet Te Pihinga 1.
  • What do you notice about the messages?
  • What works for you and your baby?

For families where it’s suitable, look at the SKIP Aroha in action booklet on the page titled ‘Know that babies can’t be naughty’. It reminds us that we don’t always enjoy what our babies do, but it’s often just part of their normal developmental behaviour.


SKIP resources

  • Tips for babies
  • The tricky bits
  • Whakatipu booklet Te Pihinga 1
  • Aroha in action
  • Staying calm with kids

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