I have written before about the revelatory slide show that was presented at a conference on parenting that I attended in Austin years and years ago.
The slides were photos taken from MRI images of children's brains. They were taken by a child neuroscientist in Houston.
What the MRIs showed was indisputable evidence that children who are neglected lack significant brain development.
Those of in attendance were stunned at this physical proof of something we had only taken on faith. Parenting mattered. Love made a difference -- in major, major ways.
This morning I was listening to a report on NPR about Harvard researchers who have studied Romanian orphans and found through EEGs that those who were neglected were severely damaged.
Clearly, we have been shown over and over again for years piled upon years that every child must be nurtured.
The question, of course, is how we make that happen.
And I don't have a good answer.