All parents want to give their children a strong start in life, and caring for yourself helps you care for your child. Infants and toddlers thrive when their world feels loving, safe, and predictable. When parents express their love and respond to their child’s needs, it teaches children that they can count on their parent. Over time, showing love and responding helps children learn to manage their feelings and behavior. As they grow, feeling secure in their relationships gives children the confidence they need to explore, learn, and take on life’s challenges.