New York Times Op-Ed writer, Nicholas Kristof wrote “Cuddle Your Kid” and again highlights the new and old science that is demonstrating the critical importance of a young child’s environment. He writes that:
“character strengths that matter so much to young people’s success are not innate; they don’t appear in us magically, as a result of good luck or good genes. Andthey are not simply a choice. They are rooted in brain chemistry, and they are molded, in measurable and predictable ways, by the environment in which kids grow up. That means the rest of us — society as a whole — can do an enormous amount to influence their development.”
This article explains the reasons that HHI was founded and the important mission of our work. It validates HHI’s belief that you don’t need advanced degrees, fancy toys, money or special tricks to provide the most essential ingredient in human “success”: love, snuggles, hugs, and smiles are the most powerful of tools! HHI knows that every parent wants the best for their children, though many parents undervalue their own power in building their baby’s brain development, early learning and health.
Parents, caregivers, teachers, health workers and all the rest of us, we have the power to create a better future for our children and all children – give a smile and get started now!
Thank you Mr. Kristof!