While young children need to be exposed to different textures, sights and sounds, the most essential ingredient for brain development is a secure attachment to loving caregivers and loving interactions with them.
The research tells us that the quality and stability of a child’s human relationships in the early years lay the foundation for a wide range of later developmental outcomes that really matter:
strong sense of self
love of learning
knowing the difference between right and wrong
the ability to control impulses and resolve conflicts
the ability to have respectful and meaningful future relationships
the ability to empathise with others
Little Humans Big Feelings!
It’s never too early to teach your baby that it’s okay to express emotions.
You can help validate their communication – often crying - in a way that builds vocabulary for emotions and strengthens your bond.
Try saying, “It seems like you’re feeling overwhelmed/powerless/frustrated”