Teaching comes with it's own set of challenges and rewards. In my brief experience, I've made my own theories about the impacts of love growth, structure, family & community can have on a child.
The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog was recommended to me by a colleague, as we discussed the powerful effects of love. But the title alone is scary. For someone like me, teacher-who-is-around-little-kids-all-day, can't-watch-the-news-because-it's-depressing. I bought this book wondering if I'd read it at all.
Right off the bat, I can tell you there are scary traumatizing stories in there. In fact, each chapter focuses on a different child's trauma. The story about the boy raised as a dog wasn't even the scariest. Babies being left alone all-day long for most of their formative years, kids being rescued from cults, and other horrifying stories of abuse are collected in this book written by child psychiatrist Bruce Perry.
Yet through these heart-wrenching ordeals, the importance of love and attachment shines though. The effects and benefits of human connection on physical and psychological levels are remarkable, more than I could have guessed, and I see the benefits of love every day in my classroom and in my life! This book helped me understand how abuse or neglect have affected my students, and why they act the way they do.
I would recommend this book to anyone working in education, but especially to anyone who works with deprived, or at-risk students. Click on the book to buy a copy, or pick it up at your local library!