Nature vs. Nurture – Love is All You Need

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There is an article that I read recently in The Telegraph that I haven’t been able to stop thinking about. While the revelations that it contains should in no way be surprising, they are nonetheless shocking in their scope and implications.

The article is entitled, “What’s the difference between these two brains?” Take a look for yourselves. The leading picture truly does speak a 1000 words.

As expecting parents, I like to think that we all want what is best for our babies. We set goals. We make plans. We have hopes and dreams. Isn’t it human nature to want better for our kids than that which we had? Apparently not. But if you’re already having these sort of thoughts, then you (and your baby) are already ahead of the curve.

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While the scientific findings, as reported in this article, have far reaching implications for our society at large, I did take comfort in this:

Neurologists are beginning to understand exactly how a baby’s interaction with their mother determines how, and indeed whether, the brain grows in the way that it should. Professor Allan Schore, of UCLA, who has surveyed the scientific literature and has made significant contributions to it, stresses that the growth of brain cells is a “consequence of an infant’s interaction with the main caregiver [usually the mother]”. The growth of the baby’s brain “literally requires positive interaction between mother and infant. The development of cerebral circuits depends on it.”
- The Telegraph

Positive interaction! That’s it!! With all the child-rearing advice out there…how simple (and ultimately reassuring) is that?! Scientific proof that raising a well-rounded child isn’t about the right baby videos, the right stroller, or the right toys. It’s about – what I think we’ve suspected all along – love. And money can’t buy that.

There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.
- Jill Churchill

My name is Jodie. I'm a 38 year old Canadian working and living in Bangkok, Thailand. My husband and I are both international teachers - though I'm taking this year off to be a full-time mom.

When we're not busy with other people's kids, we try our hand at raising our own very curious nearly four year old son and his 9 and half month old brother. When it comes to parenting, like most of us, I’m making a lot of it up as I go along .

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