He tāonga te tamaiti – every child is a treasure. Te Pihinga 1 page 26
This thought is clearly expressed in two familiar images.
Look at page 8 with the whānau and talk about image and the messages. Engage dad and mum in a conversation about carrying pēpi ‘heart to heart’.
Encourage their korero with some of these questions.
What do you think the māmā is thinking or feeling in this picture?
What’s going on in this picture?
Have you tried something like this?
How has your pēpi reacted?
Have they calmed after being held like this?
Can you imagine what it would be like being that baby?
Do you think you’d feel treasured?
Alternatively you might look at the SKIP baby frieze frame ‘Tell me you love me - kōrero mai, e aroha ana koe ki ahau.’ Both pictures convey similar feelings.
What do you think pēpi could hear before birth?
Do you think it may be comforting for pēpi to hear mum’s heartbeat?
Read the next section Te Hinengaro Mīharo (page 9), especially the paragraph ‘Just how we hold pēpi, talk to him, look into his eyes, and take care of him all help his brain develop.’
This is an example of what we will do naturally with babies. It is so often exactly what they need for their well-being and optimal brain development. This is an example of how science has finally caught up with what mums, dads and whānau have been doing for thousands of years.
In Whānau say on pages 5-6 it describes more about holding pēpi gently and firmly and keeping them calm. These pages are encouraging whānau to become familiar with the cues pēpi gives to let them know what they need.
How does this relate to the SKIP resources?
Baby Wall Frieze - Kōrero mai, e aroha ana koe ki ahau - Tell me you love me
Six things children need - Te hanga ao tōtika, ao haumaru – A structured and secure world