Adolescence, which starts with puberty and ends in the early to mid-twenties, is a period of amazing development in many areas, including the brain. There are many changes and opportunities, and some vulnerabilities. Their experiences during this time will influence their development. One important factor is the amount of sleep they get.
The quantity and quality of early language that tamariki experience affects their development. Chatting, singing and telling stories, for example, are all positive for their learning. Shared reading, where parents and whānau read with tamaiti, is also an important tool.
There is a lot going on for rangatahi during their adolescence. It is a time of amazing development, change, opportunity, and some vulnerability too. How this development unfolds, and how well rangatahi are set up to face their future, depends on many factors. One of these is sleep. This article explores what we know about sleep and rangatahi.
Well-being of tamariki is important to us all. One of the things that supports this is time in nature. Māori have always recognised the importance of taiao (connection to the environment) as vital to health and well-being. A growing body of research also shows the benefits to tamariki of time spent in nature; benefits for many areas of their lives.
Adolescence begins at puberty and ends in the early to mid-20s, so we are not just talking about
teenagers. It is an important period of development and change; physically and emotionally.
Adolescent brains are changing rapidly, making them more affected by what they are experiencing
than they would be as adults.
Screen time is one of many factors that can impact tamariki and their development and occurs in the wider context of whānau lives.
Its use has increased dramatically in recent years. Younger and younger children, including babies, are becoming regular users of screens.