The importance of connection for children

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By far, the most power force in life for development, joy, confidence, health; is the force of connection. At it's most distilled, we call it love. I think that bond between parent and child is the single strongest emotion in all of human existence. Then it spreads out into what I call, a connected childhood. It is the greatest gift you can give your child. Guess what? It's free. The force of connection is infinite in supply. Just go for it. So connection to family, connection to neighborhood, connection to friends, connections to the activities you love, connections to places, connection to pets. You ought to have a pet if you possibly can. Connection to nature, connection to clubs and organizations. Connections to some spiritual reality. All of that wonderful gamush of a positive energy and connection. All of that leads to a positive connection to who he or she is, and of life. I like myself, and I like life. Once that gets going, you are unstoppable. It is all driven by the force of connection. Connection is infinite in supply, simply for creation of a child. Get as richly, positively connected to a child as you can and the rest will take care of itself.

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Edward Hallowell, MD, EdD

Psychiatrist, ADHD Specialist, & Author

Edward (Ned) Hallowell, MD, EdD is a Harvard-trained Child and Adult Psychiatrist in practice in Sudbury, MA (outside Boston) and New York City. The author of 18 books, Dr. Hallowell specializes in learning differences such as ADHD and dyslexia, both of which he has himself.  He has also written extensively on general issues of parenting and living in our modern age. He lives in the Boston area with his wife of 23 years, Sue, and their three children, Lucy, Jack, and Tucker.

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