The period known as the “first thousand days” is a once-in-a-lifetime window of brain development. From conception to two years, every little life is developing at a rate that will never be repeated. This presents a great opportunity for positive investment: the right things done in the right way will yield profound impact in the child’s life. It follows that it is a time of vulnerability: risk factors can be at play, hindering a child’s development.
This resource is written to equip you as a Christ-follower to be an active participant in seeing every young life around you reach his or her God-given potential. You will discover that every family needs support in this crucial season. Everybody has a role to play. Explore how you can be part of establishing new pathways of flourishing for the little lives around you.
If you tenderly care for this little child on my behalf, you are tenderly caring for me. And if you care for me, you are honouring my Father who sent me. For the one who is least important in your eyes is actually the most important one of all.
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A compelling article from Mother.ly
First 1000 Days
“Children thrive on the interaction they have with their primary caregivers. The more a mother talks and laughs and sings with her child, the more the child feels safe and secure and is able to explore her world – learning and developing as she goes. But a mother who is depressed, or young, or on her own, or without a job, may find herself struggling with the demands that a newborn child suddenly places on her…”
From DGMT changesa.dgmt.co.za/first-1000-days