Remembering Love and Our Infrastructure of Child Rearing

The first 2-3 years of children's lives are crucial.

With our weekly Psychiatry & Society video taking a short break, we bring back some of the greatest hits that are timely and continue to relate to current and uprising societal events of psychological interest. Take today’s story, for instance...

This video is a rerun epilogue from a video about a year ago, "What About Love and Our Infrastructure of Child Rearing." In that video, I stressed the importance of loving and caring parent(s) being home the first 2-3 years of their children's lives as much as possible. They are crucial for developing basic trust in the child. This parenting is so important that at times I have recommended needing a license to be a parent. However, more and more, for various reasons, both parents return to work much sooner.

Today, I will be presenting at the American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry/Canadian Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP/CACAP) conference in Toronto. My interfaith and multicultural panel’s subject matter is how to reduce hate and promote harmony across religions and races through the development of children and adolescents. I’ll provide a report on it in an upcoming column or video.

Dr Moffic is an award-winning psychiatrist who has specialized in the cultural and ethical aspects of psychiatry. A prolific writer and speaker, he received the one-time designation of Hero of Public Psychiatry from the Assembly of the American Psychiatric Association in 2002. He is an advocate for mental health issues related to climate instability, burnout, Islamophobia, and anti-Semitism for a better world. He serves on the Editorial Board of Psychiatric Times™.