Meeting the Formative Needs of Children
Nurturing, attunement, stability, stimulation, community
According to the emerging consensus, synthesized from decades of research drawn from the developmental, social, brain, and behavioral sciences, a child’s healthy understanding of the world develops over time by living in an enriched, stable, and nurturing environment where he or she can make optimal use of his or her mental and physical faculties.
Protecting our children from brain injury, exposure to toxins and abuse, and providing optimal conditions for healthy brain and emotional development are paramount for producing a society of fully functioning citizens.
Proper emotional wiring and parental modeling are the groundwork for conscience, morality, empathy, and knowing right from wrong. Thus, if we want to produce ethical citizens, children’s developmental needs must be met through appropriate nurturing, interactions, stimulation and boundaries.
Researchers and providers need to more effectively educate the public, as well as policy makers, about this emerging understanding of the myriad facets of healthy human development.
Early Nurturing and Attachment