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How Much Is Too Much? by Jean Clarke

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APPENDIX D

AGES AND STAGES

Stage One: Being—From Birth to About Six Months

The first stage is about deciding to be, to live, to thrive, to trust, to call out to have needs met, to expect to have needs met, to be joyful. These decisions are important to nourish and amplify throughout our whole lives.

       1.  Job of the child (developmental tasks)

              To call for care

              To cry or otherwise signal to get needs met

              To accept touch

              To accept nurture

              To bond emotionally, to learn to trust caring and safe adults and self

              To decide to live, to be

       2.  Typical behaviors of the child

              Cries or fusses to make needs known

              Cuddles

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