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Security in Infancy Reduces Stress in Adulthood

Written by Jan Hunt   
Wednesday, 01 September 2004 00:00

A child who is cared for during the night as well as the day receives constant reassurance of love and support, instead of having to cope with feelings of fear, anger, and abandonment night after night. Children who have felt safe through the night as well as the day with a loving parent close by become adults who cope better with the inevitable stresses life brings. As John Holt put it so eloquently, having feelings of love and safety in early life, far from “spoiling” a child, is like “money in the bank”: a fund of trust, self-esteem and inner security which the child can draw on throughout life's challenges.

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Pathways Issue 3 CoverThis article appeared in Pathways to Family Wellness magazine, Issue #03.

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