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for com­fort or a cud­dle is also some­thing they of­ten do. Ba­bies and tod­dlers go out and come back to their par­ents all the time for lots of rea­sons be­cause as I men­tioned in my first ar­ti­cle, ‘‘only when a child feels safe and se­cure in the known (the re­la­tion­ship) can they man­age the un­known (their ex­plo­ration). So hav­ing an in­ter­ested and re­laxed par­ent avail­able and fo­cused on them for a time, pro­vides a child with qual­ity op­por­tu­ni­ties for learn­ing, re­lat­ing and build­ing con­fi­dence and self-es­teem.’’

But I know it isn’t easy for many of us to slow down these days with the

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