The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University recently released a working paper titled “Understanding Motivation: Building the Brain Architecture That Supports Learning, Health, and Community Participation.”
The article finds that when children have early life experiences that support the development of healthy and balanced motivation systems, that they are more likely to achieve positive outcomes later in school, work, health, and raising the next generation. The article also describes the poor outcomes experienced when these brain circuits do not develop in a healthy way.
After reading this paper I hope you have a better understanding of why it is so important for us to effectively intervene as early as possible for our youngest and most vulnerable children.
We are both literally saving lives and setting our kids up for a lifetime of success.