Making a connection

When you think about how your child grows, what comes to mind?  You may start by thinking about numbers on a growth chart, a baby’s weight, can they sit, walk or crawl? These milestones for physical growth and development are important, but we also recognize that you are as equally invested in your child’s emotional growth.

Your baby’s brain wiring is not fully connected at birth. It is very active, changing and developing in response to what’s going on all around them. It’s the day-to-day experiences—and activities like playing, being read to, learning, and interacting and being responded to by people—that helps to develop your baby’s brain (video, YouTube).1

A child’s emotional growth begins with their very first relationships.  Providing positive experiences, and a nurturing caring relationship builds a solid foundation. These interactions create attachments, confidence, and help children identify different emotions in themselves and others. Having these learned skills will help children to control and regulate their emotions.

1Caring for Kids. 2017. Your baby’s brain: How parents can support healthy development. Retrieved from Caring for Kids.

This item was last modified on November 13, 2018