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

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

The Amazing Social Capabilities of Babies

From birth babies have some sophisticated social capacities (Beebe & Lachmann, 2002), which they use to maintain a relationship with their primary caregiver. These social capacities are established in the days and weeks after birth. Read more

Stress: The good, the bad and the ugly

We often hear how resilient babies and young children are to the stresses in their lives, and those felt by their parents. However, scientific knowledge has shattered this myth. Brainwave Senior Researcher Keryn O’Neill shows how stress experienced by young children and their parents can affect a child’s brain development Read more

Learning is child’s play

The message that the first few years of life are extremely important for brain development is becoming more widely known.

What may be less clear is how to put this knowledge into practise. Parents wanting to give their child the best start are faced with a huge variety of choice and much commercially-driven pressure to ensure that their child makes the most of this developmental opportunity. Read more

Rethinking the nappy

When we think about adults spending quality time with children, I wonder if it’s just me, or does your mind go straight to sentimental sorts of scenes: cosy board games by the fire, baby crawling through the daffodils of his first spring, perhaps a slow-motion shot of family laughing as child toddles through lapping waves. Read more

Tots, toddlers and TV. The potential harm…

While TV watching has been a common activity for several decades, the huge increase in TV and other media targeted at and watched by very young children has been described as “a large uncontrolled experiment on today’s infants and toddlers.” Read more