Why Reading Matters

The quantity and quality of language children experience in their interactions with parents and whānau during their earliest months and years has a profound and potentially lasting influence on their language and cognitive development.  Read the full article here

Nourishing our babies: why listening and talking matter

We all know children need adequate nutrition to enable their body to grow in healthy ways. While this is vital, it is not sufficient for children to grow well. Extending on the concept of nourishing a child’s body, “language nutrition refers to the idea that an environment with sufficient language exposure is critical to…nourish a child’s brain.”1
This article explores some of the ingredients of a nourishing early language environment, read the full article here

Feeding your baby’s brain

You already know that your baby needs good food to grow a healthy body.  Did you also know you can help grow their brain when you talk to them?  For more about how, read here

An insight into adolescence

Adolescence is often portrayed as a time of difficult and challenging behaviours. Yet it’s possible to view adolescence in a much more positive light. Recent research may help adults understand and appreciate the remarkable changes that are taking place. read more

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