Get rid of the Stigma

As I read articles, watch influencers on Instagram and YouTube, it’s becoming more and more apparent that…


The toll that our daily activities are taking on us are literally going to make this generation go over the edge.

But, it can’t be all social media, right?

My two cents: As a generation, we were raised to be go-getters, achievers, successful. Without knowing it, we became a generation of perfectionists, & workaholics.

Add to that, our own expectations of how we should parent, be a partner, have home-life balance….

And let’s not forget our old issues from our childhood…

That being said, it’s not really surprising that we are all starting to fall apart. It’s too much to handle for one person. It is not too late though, whether the whole mental health is a trend or really something that is happening, for the people who are actually living it,

we take solace in the fact that we aren’t crazy, that it’s not all in our heads, and that we are not alone.

So thank you, to every single person brave enough to take about their issues in public. Thank you for using your platform to raise awareness about the situation.

You are speaking for us who aren’t strong enough to start the conversation. We are grateful. We know we aren’t alone.

Don’t forget. You are not alone. I’m not alone. Let’s find comfort in that. 💓

No! Yes! Early Childhood Education!

Aaah, yes, the never ending debate of people about whether to send their children to school young or not.

“Nah, he’s too young!” “Kids love school!” “Won’t he get sick?” “Well, then have him vaccinated!”

The truth is, children learn the they will ever learn in their entire lives in the FIRST THREE YEARS of their lives. Their brains are so absorbent, that the neurons in their brains keep forming connections non-stop. They learn something with every single interaction they have with their parents, siblings, and their environment.

That’s a fact. Backed up by research.

What age is early childhood anyway?

Early childhood, defined as the period from birth to eight years old, is a time of remarkable growth with brain development at its peak. During this stage, children are highly influenced by the environment and the people that surround them. (UNESCO, 2017)

Educational careers are strongly influenced by early childhood experiences. The PISA studies demonstrated the close connection between social status and school success (OECD, 2010).

Supporting these children at school entrance may not compensate for these disadvantages. Therefore, early childhood (0 to 3 years) is seen as an ideal age for intervention in order to alter long-term educational opportunities.

Internationally, a growing body of programs focuses on the early support of children living in environments that may jeopardize their development (for reviews see Bull, McCormick, Swann & Mulvihill, 2004; Heckman & Masterov, 2006).

Early intervention programs aim at increasing educational opportunities by providing children with early support from birth onwards. Other than in formal education, the child is not the primary addressee of the support.


The goal is to improve parenting behavior by increasing the awareness of child development, and one’s own attitudes and feelings towards the child.

In the UK, a program called “PAT – Learning with Parents” a family support system, was studied.

First results show that the intervention at age 1 and 2 has a positive impact on child development and parental competencies. OECD (2010).

So regardless of social class, the first three years are extremely important and sets the tone for the rest of their lives. It is important, isn’t it?


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Heckman, J. J., & Masterov, D. V. (2007). The Productivity Argument for Investing in Young Children. Bonn: Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit, IZA DP No. 2725.

Neuhauser, A. (2014). A closer look at the effectiveness of early childhood education in at-risk families. Mental Health and Prevention, 2(3-4), 43-57. doi: 10.1016/j.mhp.2014.09.002