Brainwave Review 24 – Why Should We Care? The Neglect and Abuse of Children in New Zealand

Brainwave Trust researcher, Hilary Nobilo, has recently completed a literature review into the effects of neglect and abuse on children in New Zealand. In this Brainwave Review she outlines why we need to care about these children, the lifelong consequences maltreatment can have on their lives, and the incalculable cost it has on our communities.

In our second article, Love and Limits, our Senior Researcher, Keryn O’Neill, explores how we can best nurture our children to increase the chance of them realising their potential.

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Love and Limits

Parents have many hopes and dreams for their children’s future. These might include – getting on well with others and having friends; doing well at school; getting a good job; being able to cope with life’s challenges; contributing to the community; being a good parent; and, being mentally and physically healthy. The options are endless really. But, how can we best nurture our children to increase the chance of them realising their potential? Read more

Why should we care? The neglect and abuse of children in New Zealand

Society reaps what it sows in nurturing its children. Whether abuse of a child is physical, psychological, or sexual, it sets off a ripple of hormonal changes that wire the child’s brain to cope with a malevolent world. It predisposes the child to have a biological basis for fear, though he may act and pretend otherwise.” (Teicher, 2016)

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Childcare: How are the Children Doing?

At Brainwave Trust we are often asked, “What are the effects of childcare on children?” We know that parents want the best for their children, and sometimes have difficult choices to make, which is why they deserve honest, as objective-as-possible information. Read more

Brainwave Review 23 – Childcare: How are the Children Doing?

Welcome to our new look newsletter, the Brainwave Review!

At Brainwave Trust we are often asked, “What are the effects of childcare on children?” We know that parents want the best for their children, and sometimes have difficult choices to make, which is why they deserve honest, as objective-as-possible information. Read more

Embracing Imperfection

In a world surrounded by limitless access to information on parenting, and a strive for parenting perfection, author Miriam McCaleb implores us to accept good enough parenting as just that, good enough! She encourages us to put down our devices and to stop overanalyising all aspects of our parenting, and rather take a deep breath, slow down and prioritise our relationships with our children so we don’t miss those special moments. Read Embracing Imperfection here.

The Experience of Poverty for Infants and Young Children

New Zealand childhood poverty rates have almost doubled since the 1980s, affecting the wellbeing of a large number of NZ children. Poverty is difficult to define. Read more

Newsletter 22 – The Effects of Poverty on Infants and Young Children

In this newsletter we look at the issue of poverty and it’s effect on infants and young children. We also explore embracing imperfection, prioritising relationships with children and giving them the time and focus they need. Click here to read more.