preventing unfavorable, long-term consequences of parents' stress over their child's primal period
What it is all about
For all future parents it is about providing themselves with financial means – and/or asking for kin caregiving – in order to live their child's primal period as a welcome respite in their professional lives, despite societal stress. For the community it is about helping these future parents meet the challenge in order to check the rise in public-health costs.
How it all started
While it has long been recognized that social skills are developed during early childhood , new knowledge in epigenetics makes it evident that the critical period really starts at conception. Observations in humans as well as in other primates and non-human mammals [54, 55, 56, 59, 60] indicate that any chronic stress parents endure during their offspring's primal period will have lifelong, heavy consequences for their child and – although indirectly – for themselves.
What it will change
Disquieting social-epidemiology observations in affluent societies marred by inequality might have to be re-interpreted as being the delayed consequences of unfavorable epigenetic impacts on people during their primal lives. Then, as more and more young people will be able to take a career break during their child’s primal period , this will attest to the disappearance of one of our culture's major blind spots.