Tala Tapuaki: Our stories

View some of the latest stories sent in by parents about their experiences on parenting.

(Please note that information, views and opinions contained on this page are those of the contributing authors and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of TAHA Well Pacific Mother and Infant Service).

 

While family members show their gratitude towards mothers in various ways, often the bond between mothers of different generations can invoke a special kind of appreciation.  Serafina Tonumali’i, 29, relishes Mothers Day as it means a day when “it’s finally about me!”  she says light-...
  Laureen Leituala knows all too well the importance of her own mother Yvonne, having had four children of her own (including a set of twin boys) and another on the way.   “Mothers Day is a time to celebrate the blessing my mother is to us all. Even though I am a mother I still...
Nineteen-year-old Gabrielle De-Silva and her 18-year-old partner Remus Edwards are urging pregnant women who smoke to give up for the sake of their baby - and themselves.   Gabrielle and Remus say the most profound thing they have done for the baby girl they are expecting in March is to stop...
Ian Rudolph (left) is a father to a young five month old son.  On Friday 5th December 2014, he and a group of young fathers from the YD’O (Young Dads of Otara) group promoted safe sleep day to the Otara Community.  Ian joined the YD’O group after his son was born and states “I just want...
Breast milk is widely acknowledged as being the healthiest way to feed infants until they reach six months old.  It contains everything that a baby needs to thrive during this time.  Although breastfeeding is a natural process, it doesn’t seem so for some women. Often women will find...
This is an interesting question and most certainly, the open question - asked to many ears -and the dialogue that follows - is far more interesting than any monologue response that forecloses on a plethora of answers.  Resist reading this piece of writing as a singular answer that seeks to...