Families that eat together understand each other better, television personality Pio Terei told a Taranaki parenting seminar this week.
“Twenty minutes around a dinner table and you'll know exactly how your kids are feeling. You won't know how good or bad their day was watching the news or Shortland Street,” the father of three said at a Parenting with Poi seminar in Bell Block on Wednesday.
“A key thing is communication, teaching our kids how to communicate properly. Make your whanau a better place to be involved in,” the Auckland-based presenter of Maori Television's hit show It's In The Bag said.
Terei, who was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit this year for his work in entertainment, said he was first approached to present the seminars to try to get more Maori involved but they were designed for everybody.
“The real challenge for me was to make something that wouldn't alienate any particular group,” he said.
His work in television and on radio did make it a little easier to get the message across.
“A lot of people feel like they know me already through television. They feel less threatened because we already have a relationship.”
Terei said there was no place for violence within families and he had a far better solution for dealing with rebellious children.
“Just close the kitchen. How long do you think they will last, a couple of days? No. Two hours.”
Corey Taylor is a Witt journalism student
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