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Nothing is more important to new parents than the optimal development of their child.
Basically, once we have decided that we want to become a family we are investing our whole future into growing that foetus, delivering him or her safely into the world and then nurturing them into becoming a healthy, strong and well-developed individual.
Unfortunately, babies don’t arrive with either a survival guide or a user’s manual. We, as parents or carers, have to learn as we go and it’s not always easy to work out the right or wrong way to proceed.
Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University suggests that there are three core-concepts in early development that influence exactly how we will turn out as we grow towards adulthood.
These three concepts are:
Although the terminology may seem a little wordy the basic premise is sound. In an effort to better understand this study, each concept has been unpicked in order:
Experiences Build Brain Architecture
Although our genes provide a basic blueprint, it is our early experiences which affect how, if at all, these genes are expressed:
Serve & Return Interaction Shapes Brain Circuitry
The most essential experience we have, that of ‘serve and return’ interaction, happens between a small child and the significant adults in their lives. This is the interaction which will help to shape the baby’s developing brain.
Toxic Stress Derails Healthy Development
Learning how to cope with adversity is a crucial part of healthy development.
In a nutshell, providing your baby with a nurturing and stable home and offering plenty of interaction, on an ongoing basis, is the absolute best way to ensure that your baby grows and develops into a strong, healthy, well balanced and dependable personality.
For further information on these theories of the developing child, please follow this link https://developingchild.harvard.edu/resources/three-core-concepts-in-early-development/
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