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Instilling Trust and Respect through Nurturing Touch

by Tina Allen, LMT, CPMMT, CPMT, CIMT
Updated April 2016

Beginning very early, infants and children want and need our approval.  It is imperative that our children know they are loved and cherished.  Without this approval and care, how are children expected to care for themselves, or others?  A child who receives respect from adults tends to learn respect, not only for themselves but also for other people.  These are values which we share and pass on to our children.


Helping Children with Learning to Trust Others

It is very difficult to trust others if you do not trust yourself.  In order to help children learn to trust others, we must help them to learn to trust themselves.  As a parent, this is where constant support and reassurance contributes to these values.

You CANNOT spoil a baby!

It is the very early years where we can most greatly impact how children learn to trust and respect others by teaching them how to trust us.  You CANNOT spoil a baby!  It is imperative that an infants’ needs are met in order to ensure a sense of security and confidence now and later in life.

There are some psychologists who believe that, from the moment they are born, we, by our nature, treat children with disrespect.  Their theory is that by doing so; we may even reduce the potential intelligence of the developing child.  Whether this theory is valid or not, there is often a correlation seen in those children who are treated with a lack of respect.  These children may lack respect for themselves, have a feeling of less self-worth, less self-trust and treat others with disrespect.

In order to empower our children with positive self confidence, starting with simple day-to-day implementation is best.  Find ways to encourage your child and meet their needs.  Think of their way of looking at the world, absorbing information and how you can meet where they are in the moment.

Infant Massage presents enormous opportunities and benefits for both you and your child

One activity that provides appropriate stimulation, interaction, trust and respect is infant massage.  You can strengthen your bond of trust through the use of nurturing touch.  Infant Massage presents enormous opportunities and benefits for both you and your child.  These simple loving actions of sharing your connection through nurturing touch create impacts that last a lifetime.


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This professional training is for those interested in working with families by becoming a Certified Infant Massage Teacher (CIMT®). A CIMT® is not only an instructor, but also an educator who teaches the art of infant massage to parents or caregivers in the presence of their babies.

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