The foundations of a healthy brain begin early in life
and depend on stimulating experiences and positive,
supportive relationships between children and their
caregivers. More than anyone else in a child’s life, parents
have the ability to build and strengthen these foundations.
But they can’t do it alone.
As humans, we are wired to become parents: to produce,
nurture, teach, protect and bond with our offspring. But
our ability to parent varies widely by our relationships,
neighbourhoods, resources and cultures as well as our
values and own experiences.
“All humans have the same circuitry to become parents,”
says Dr. Linda Mayes, a researcher of the Yale Child Study
Healthy brains thrive
on healthy relationships.
For children, a stable, nurturing
relationship with their parents
and other caregivers is central,
Lisa Monforton reports
Photos by Trudie Lee Photography Inc.,
courtesy of Alberta Family Wellness Initiative