Daycare Stunts Development of Mothers
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|Mon, 12-10-2007 - 6:38pm|
In There’s No Place Like Work: How Business, Government, and Our Obsession with Work Have Driven Parents From Home, author Brian C. Robertson concludes that children who grow up in daycare “exhibit some of the same debilitating emotional, psychological, cognitive, and even physical problems displayed by children adopted from Romanian orphanages.”
And in Raising Babies, expert author Stephen Biddulph writes that the higher cortisol levels found in babies and children in long day care are known to cause permanent brain changes that will have an array of life-long consequences:
"Significant among the reams of research are the so-called cortisol studies, which measured the presence of stress hormones in young babies and consistently found these levels to be higher in children in long day care. These have been linked with greater aggression and anxiety found in older children in long day care but are also known to affect the development of a range of neurotransmitters, whose pathways in the brain are still being built. These permanent brain changes are now thought by scientists and psychiatrists to affect the way the child will react to stress, anxiety and negative feelings in later life."