Babies need to know that they are a loved member of the family. Closeness, bonding opportunities and touch help a young child feel secure and loved. Developing a loving, trusting relationship with mum or dad gives children a head start in becoming both emotionally and physically healthy as they grow.

Nurturing a child’s sense of wonder and magic for the world around them is the beginning of spirituality. A toddler will be healthier physically and emotionally if they feel connected to nature, and also feel loved and safe in their environment. Developing gratitude through conversations and rituals like grace before a meal and saying “thank you” is best done through modelling. Our depth of gratitude directly impacts our ability to receive—the deeper our ability to be thankful, the more we get out of life. Helping children learn the joy of contributing encourages a child to feel proud of making a better world and results in happier children.