Loving relationships give young children a sense of comfort, safety, confidence, and encouragement. They teach young children how to form friendships, communicate emotions, and to deal with challenges. Strong, positive relationships also help children develop trust, empathy, compassion, and a sense of right and wrong.
As stated by Zero to Three, starting from birth, babies are learning who they are by how they are treated. Through everyday interactions, parents, relatives, and caregivers send babies messages like: you’re clever, you’re good at figuring things out, you’re loved, you make me laugh, I enjoy being with you. These messages shape a baby’s self-esteem.