He iti tangata, e tipu. He iti toki, he iti tonu iho - A little child will grow. A little adze will always remain small.
This whakataukī reminds us that unlike the little adze (axe) which will always be a little axe, a child on the other hand is ever changing, developing and growing.
What changes have you seen in pēpi lately?
How have you felt about those changes?
What have you had to do in response to them?
Acknowledging the developmental progress pēpi has made is something worth celebrating. It’s no secret either that the input from their parents and whänau is vital and shouldn’t be undervalued.
Parents will often record milestones that their pēpi has made. They might collect photos, write little stories and create treasure books or a waka huia (treasure container) about their pēpi.
Do you have a way of recording how pēpi has progressed during this first year?
Do you write in their Tamariki Ora/Well Child book?
Would you like to create something to celebrate all the things that have happened for your pēpi and their whānau?
Some parents may feel whakamā about acknowledging their input in their baby's development. Helping them to see what value they bring can be uplifting. The parenting pathway - ara mātua for 7-12 months might provide some prompts for them to celebrate their involvement.
Shall we run through it now and note down all the ways you've helped pēpi through their first year?
How does this topic relate to the SKIP resources?
Baby Wall Frieze – Pānuitia taku tino kōrero anō anō - read my favourite story again and again
Six things children need - Te hanga ao tōtika, ao haumaru - structured and secure world