I am fascinated by videos such as these, of otherwise untamed species of animal developing a special bond with humans. I am particularly interested when, as in the case of the video below, the member of the otherwise untamed species could be very dangerous to the human.
I ask that you watch this video and ask yourself the following questions:
What kind of care would the man have given to the lion to inspire such affection?
Would he have loved and nurtured her or would he have punished her by taking away food and play time and locking her in a smaller enclosure or cage when she did the ‘wrong’ thing?
What would this lion do for the man that was in her power to do?
I believe that it is the relationship you have with children that is the most powerful source of influence you have over their behaviour, as well as their wellbeing and adjustment.
I am a practising Clinical Psychologist with twenty-seven years’ experience working with children and young people recovering from abuse and neglect. I am also an author and educator in trauma-informed, therapeutic caregiving. My programs are implemented in Australia and Ireland, and I am well-known for my practical and accessible guidance for caregivers and professionals alike.
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