Monday, April 6, 2009

Essential Truths

Ok. I'm going to post some information that I have been meaning to for awhile, but had misplaced it. I found it again, so here it is.
I found this website and it's information a long time ago,when I was Google-ing something else.

I am posting the link to their website as well. Please go visit it, it is a really great site and has a lot of valuable information that needs to be spread far and wide.
I'm in the process of developing a curriculum that will be taught in parenting classes.

Ok, enjoy!

From the Alliance For Transforming the Lives of Children

ESSENTIAL TRUTHS

1. A baby, nurtured in the womb of a healthy, happy, and peaceful mother, receives the best possible start in life.

2. The more aware caregivers are of their own birth-related trauma and unmet childhood needs, the better they are able to respond to the needs of children in their care.

3. What happens in the earliest stages of life- at conception, in the womb, at birth, and in the first days and months- establishes the foundation of life. A happy, low stress pregnancy, natural birth, and an uninterrupted period of bonding through the early months greatly benefit both baby and parents.

4. Breastfeeding, skin-to-skin contact and being carried on the body, in arms, slings, etc.- are critical for brain, nervous system and immune system development and promote long-term health benefits for both baby and mother.

5. All babies are dependant on others to meet their physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual needs. When their needs are met with loving and consistent care, children are happier, healthier, and more cooperative.

6. Every baby is born with the desire to communicate, to cooperate, and to explore the world. Children learn primarily by unstructured play and by imitating those around them.

7. Every child needs to be securely bonded with at least one human being who is a loving and consistent presence in the child's life.

8. Every child develops at a unique rhythm and pace. A child's developmental processes are best supported when neither hurried nor forced.

9. children are dependant upon their parents and caregivers to protect them from emotional, and physical neglect, violence, abuse, and other toxic experiences, including hazards in their food, air, water, toys and environment.

10. Children express their needs through behaviors that are shaped by their individual temperament, life experiences, and by how others behave and treat them.

11. The consistent, loving presence of a father, or father figure in a child's life adds immensely to a child's optimal development and well being.

12. Children who have lost one or both of their biological parents, whether at birth or years later, naturally have feelings of abandonment and, therefore, have special needs. Foster, adoptive, and single parents face special challenges and benefit from extra support of family, friends, and community.

13. Children learn to respect, empathize with, and respond to the needs of others when they feel seen, heard and their opinions are valued.

14. Effective parenting is an art that CAN be learned.

15. Families benefit from a supportive, nurturing, community that values the art and science of parenting.


For more information go to: www.atlc.org.

OK, I have much more to say on this, but I have to run now, more later. Hope you read this, and continue to, (or start,) implementing these into your lives.

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