Although consistent nurturing relationships with significant adults are taken for granted by most of us as a necessity for babies and young children, we often do not put this commonly held belief into practice.
Pioneers, such as Erik Erikson, Anna Freud, and Dorothy Burlingham, revealed that to pass successfully through the stages of early childhood, children require sensitive, nurturing care to build capacities for trust, empathy, and compassion.
Supportive, warm, nurturing emotional interactions with infants and young children help the central nervous system grow appropriately.
We can feel empathy only if someone
has been empathetic and
caring with us.
By T. Berry Brazelton, MD, and Stanley I. Greenspan, MD