Nurture - resources for parents and caregivers to nourish emotional development

Other Family Members

Whatever the makeup of your family, these are the people who will bond with your child for life and help shape the person he becomes. Although a child’s emotional development begins with his attachment to his parents or primary caregivers, his emotional growth continues within his overall family environment.

Seek Balance in Activity

As your baby’s guide, you are in charge of setting limits and creating boundaries for her. Sometimes it can be challenging to know when your child is on the edge and needs to return to balance.

Intentionality, Self-motivation, and Judgement

By stimulating your child’s curiosity, getting him involved with his own projects and responsibilities, sharing control by offering him choices, and helping him reflect on his decisions, you help him develop intentionality.


Skills of self-regulation, such as impulse control, delay of gratification, and adherence to social rules are easier to learn and reinforce through routines, regularity, and consistency at a young age.


Self-awareness is the core skill on which the other essential emotional skills rely. Your baby must be aware of himself in order to be confident, to empathize, and to self-regulate. Here are a few exercises to encourage your baby to develop self-awareness.

Forming Friendships

Here are the general steps of friendship development, along with the ages at which you can expect your child to take those steps. Remember that every child is different, and yours will gain social skills and make friends at his own pace.

Cultivate Humor

Your baby’s cognitive development is interrelated with his sense of humor. Humor is a form of play, and play is how children learn. A good sense of humor can make your child smarter, healthier, and better able to cope with challenges.

Empathy and Compassion

Empathy is considered one of the most influential components of emotional intelligence. Here are several parenting strategies that you can incorporate into your daily interactions with your child to foster empathy.


Cooperation begins at home and branches out as your child has more experiences in the wider world. This will pave the way for meaningful, lasting relationships.

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