Verbal First Aid and Childhood Survival
Babies come into the world crying, cooing and clinging. They need--food, warmth, love, and safety. They do not come to us with the ability to give much beyond their own need for us. They don't come into the world with the capacity to calm themselves down or self-soothe. They don't come complete with the ability to self-regulate or work out problems.
They are born with the innate capacity to feel fully, scream for us, and hold onto us.
They are born with the potential to develop and think.
But they are not born with the ability to feel and think at the same time.
That is what we--as grown-ups, parents, caretakers--are there to teach them to do.
This is a formidable task, hopefully made easier with Verbal First Aid.
What Children Need: The Neurobiological Relationship
What does every infant creature need in order to not only survive but to thrive?