Monday, February 21, 2011

What Children Need to Thrive

Are you familiar with the work of Dr. Bruce Perry? He's an incredible resource on so many topics...the human brain and development in children, childhood trauma, the way children develop relationships. This time he discusses "the disconnect between what our children need to thrive and what the modern world has to offer, emphasizing the importance of human connections at early stages in life. He also offers tools for parents to help their children develop healthy minds, nurture friendships, overcome traumatic experiences, and feel cherished. Drawing from his own experience as a parent, Dr. Perry further informs us how parents can evaluate themselves as friends, spouses, workers, etc. to become better role models for their children Living Smart by emphasizing the importance of human connections." WWW.HOUSTONPBS.ORG

A sample quote..."It's probably not good AT ALL for children under the age of 3 to watch television. Anything you think they can benefit on television, they could probably learn better in a relationship." Perry talks a lot about the importance of relationship for children.


  1. Is there a particular book of his you'd recommend?

  2. Hmmm. Good question. I've only read his book, The Book Who Was Raised as a Dog, talking about children and trauma. (adoption, too, btw) But he has a LOT of other articles. I've read some on his website, and on the Scholastic site.

    Looks like he has a new book coming out in April.

  3. Great video - thanks for the share!


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