The most vi­tal job

The Northland Age - - Local News - By Toni Pirini

Ithink, as mum, we all feel over­whelmed some­times. It’s a hard but job, but the most im­por­tant job ever — to raise well bal­anced, nice peo­ple.

My kids get into mis­chief, like ev­ery­one else’s. They are nor­mal kids. It’s im­por­tant to me to talk to them and keep in touch with what’s hap­pen­ing in their lives.

We have a wha¯ nau hui each fort­night, where we chat and set small goals that we can fol­low up with each of them, one on one. They just love be­ing lis­tened to and be­ing in­volved.

Ev­ery fam­ily is unique, but in our fam­ily we have five main goals that we are work­ing on with each of our chil­dren — that they learn te reo and at­tend mauri and kura kau­papa, that they vol­un­teer (we like to give to the SPCA or spon­sor a child), to have faith (their ac­tions count; it’s good to learn about peo­ple by un­der­stand­ing faith), to learn to swim (we live by the beach so we want them to be able to swim), to play an in­stru­ment (we think it’s a cen­tral part of their de­vel­op­ment, and play­ing an in­stru­ment will al­ways gen­er­ate fun).

Our wha¯ nau be­liefs are tika, aroha and pono, which is an old Ma¯ ori way of think­ing from Pa Henare, and was taught to us by my hus­band’s nana. It’s our wha¯ nau tikanga, and the way we live.

Toni Pirini

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