The first three years of a child’s life are critical to ensuring a healthy and happy life years and decades down the road. One study discovered that the first three and half years of parents’ behavior has an immense shaping force on a someone’s life well into their 30s. Kids who grew up in supportive and caring homes did much better on standardized tests later on in school, were much more likely to get higher degrees in post-secondary school, were significantly more likely to have rich, positive, and fully-formed relationships with their peers, and were more likely to feel satisfied in their romantic relationships. A second study also connected people’s early experiences as children with the likelihood of developing social anxiety disorder as teenagers. (Photo courtesy of Vision Therapy Blog).
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