For parents and professionals alike, the pervasiveness, rapidity, and clarity of changes in infancy engender both fascination and action. The most remarkable of these domains of change involve the growing complexity of the nervous system; alterations in the shape and capacity of the body; the sharpening of sensory and perceptual capacities; increases in the abilities to make sense of, understand, and master objects in the world; the acquisition of communication; the emergence of characteristic personal and social styles; and the formation of specific social bonds. Each of these domains of infant development fundamentally influences parenting. Parenting is also thoroughly affected by the dynamic in which these developments occur.
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