Childhood is not quite the stress-free paradise that our rose-tinted memories might suggest. Children — even infants — can suffer from chronic, toxic stress that has long-term effects.
Nicole Letourneau is an expert advisor with EvidenceNetwork.ca and professor in the Faculties of Nursing and Medicine. She also holds the Norlien/Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation Chair in Parent-Infant Mental Health at the University of Calgary. Justin Joschko is a freelance writer currently residing in Ottawa. Their co-authored book, Scientific Parenting, is due for release in August.