To better support rangatahi, it helps to understand what’s going on in their brains, their bodies, their social circles, and their world. There is much discussion about adolescent risk-taking behaviour. Research has provided some insights to help us understand what is going on during this time of rapid change, and why we might see rangatahi trying new things and taking risks.
Adolescence is a time of incredible development for our rangatahi; with many new skills and opportunities. There are often also some challenges. Undergoing this development through a pandemic has created additional challenges for many. The good news is that there are a number things that can support rangatahi well-being.
Significant changes in brain function make adolescence a time of great opportunity and learning, but also of increased risk. In this article we look at the current understanding of how alcohol can affect adolescents.
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.