The child as a Sense Organ

This is the first law of childhood: the small child’s whole body is a sense organ extremely sensitive to the immediate surroundings. All shape and form the child: a smile, an expression of love, colors, shapes, arrangement of things, the positive thoughts of the people around and the outbursts of temper.

Small children are not yet consciously able to shield themselves from outside influences. These impressions penetrate right to the marrow of their bones and we can see their reactions, for example, in changes in skin color or in digestive problems.

The first days of a child’s life have a lasting influence because the initial impressions grow with the child’s body.

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