I think we all heard someone around saying “He is just a toddler, he won’t understand much”. People often use this line to justify inappropriate thinks they do or say around kids, assuming the little ones will not be affected in any way by it. This approach couldn’t be more wrong!
It has been proven over and over that the first years of one’s life will highly influence how our adult lives will unfold. The experiences we go through as toddlers, together with genetics and our personality of course, determines in big lines the way we will interact with people and if we will see the full or the empty side of a glass.

Even though this is a topic of interest to many of us, it is difficult to stay up to date with all the news in parenting. Also, as the information on the internet is so vast and at times contradictory, it’s hard to separate the trusted sources from the others.. While rambling around the Web, with no destination as one could say, I found myself reading about a Netflix Documentary soon to be released about this exact topic: how our early childhood influences our adult future. I think this will be a great series. What can be a more trusted source to dig into this topic than a documentary sponsored by UNICEF?
It seems that, as neuroscience is advancing there are more and more profs of the humongous role our first years on Earth have in determining our future success. Kids between 0-3 years old are like sponges that absorb everything around them and make “every second between 700 and 1000 new connections among their brain cells”. This connections formed so early in our life course are getting stored and much of our actions and reactions later on will be based on them.

Now, of course that as an adult, if you get to realize that you don’t like the way you react to certain things, you can work on yourself to change. This requires a lot of willingness and support from the people around you and, in more delicate cases, specialized support. But if we have the possibility to learn how we should interact with the little ones in our lives in order for them to not have to go thru this when they grow up, why not do it?
I think it is very important to be aware of the huge responsibility one as a parent has and to not assume that raising a child can be done instinctively. As we study for our careers, we should as well study how to raise beautiful and successful kids. I encourage you to watch the trailer and I am pretty sure you’ll join me in awaiting with excitement the release of the documentary.