We start off life dependent on our parents for everything — food, comfort and, most of all, love. However, it doesn’t take long before we try to assert our independence. Our first words are often “mama” and “dada,” but our favorite word soon becomes “no.” Our first sentence is typically, “Me do.”

Throughout childhood, we grow more and more independent, but that does not mean we don’t depend on our parents. We take it for granted that there will be food on the table when it’s mealtime or a warm place to sleep when it’s bedtime.

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