Our tūpuna (ancestors) had beautiful child rearing practices and many of these can be effective today.
Pēpi Penapena (Cherish Babies) is a campaign to share the beautiful parenting practices of our tūpuna. Pre-colonisation, Māori were gentle and supportive parents and whānau. Pēpi were considered a gift from the atua (gods) so were tapu (sacred) and not to be harmed. Pēpi are also born with the mana of their tūpuna, meaning they were treated with respect, as any adult would be.
We write about traditional Māori parenting kaupapa, modern parenting practices, and useful tips and tricks for anyone with babies and kids.
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