to avoid long-term, unfavorable consequences of new parents' stress during their child's primal period
What it is all about
For all new parents, despite societal stress, 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. For a community eager to check the rise in public-health costs, it is about helping these new parents meet the challenge.
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.