The Rant: Development of The Whole Child, Part One

(I encourage you to read the really thought-provoking comments on this post!- Carrie)

My basic premise this week is that not only is childhood under assault, but childhood development is not understood in North America, and unfortunately not even well understood by many parents or even the professionals who work with children.

Movement is a foundation for all learning.The first key aspect to understanding childhood development is to know and understand that the child is not an object to be acted upon,  but that the child is a unique person whom we approach with love and understanding.

Too many times in our society we treat the infant as an object to be fed at “x” number of hours, an object that should be sleeping through the night, an object for us to do something to and put down.  If the child is a person as I have posited above,  then we are not here to parent to “do something” to that child.  The infant, for example, is not an object to just feed or diaper.  At the heart of infant care (and at the heart of  being with children of any age) is connection and cue-based interactions.  The child is shaped by the impressions it takes in of its environment.  The brain is developing throughout the lifetime.

A loving relationship with a primary caregiver is a  force in helping the child’s development unfold.  Connection is a primary motivating force for an infant in movement.  We have all seen the studies regarding infants who are in an orphanage and are never touched; they don’t thrive.

If connection is a necessity and it is  foundational  to movement, then cue-based interaction gives validity to the infant as a person.  If I am in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Continue reading