Children need to feel safe. Creating a safe home isn’t just the things you do to prevent your child from getting hurt such as plugging outlets, putting safety gates on stairways, and keeping poisons out-of-reach. It’s about creating a predictable, stable environment for your child. When a child feels safe and nurtured, they can focus their energy on upper brain development and learning.
Children growing up in fear or chaos tend to spend more time in “survival brain” trying to feel OK. They adapt to their environment, but it comes at a high cost. Because these children are spending less time in the cortex or “thinking brain,” they often have problems paying attention, sitting still, and controlling their emotions.