I came a cross this, and thought it deserved to be shared! I am really glad that the parenting that feels natural to our family is finding its place as scientific fact!
Thanks to the marvelous discoveries in neuroscience, parents are beginning to understand the danger of toxic stress on their child’s developing brain. When I was a young mother 25 years ago, the only toxins I knew about were alcohol and caffeine during pregnancy. I didn’t want to have arguments in front of my children or spank them, but I had no idea that arguing or yelling or spanking could actually be toxic to the brain!
The greatest risk is when we become the source of threat to our children.
When we talk about toxic stress, we often think about natural disasters or a nasty divorce. But the surprising thing is, children can cope with fairly serious stressors if they have the “mitigating influence” of a loving caregiver. You may wonder, how can I be a protective mitigating influence to my child? We provide that mitigating influence when we are consistently…
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