Infancy is viewed by developmental specialists as a period of “preparation for the future.” Select one aspect of human development, ie. cognitive, social, emotional, etc. and in one paragraph describe caregiver practices and environmental characteristics that you see as most essential for supporting preparation work in that area. Then, find out from a family member about your own development as an infant and share it with the class (in 1 or 2 paragraphs). If this information is not available, interview a parent with a young child or discuss your own child’s development.