Hi! I’m Irene Caselli and I report on the foundational period of our lives that is too often overlooked. In the first 1,000 days of human life – from conception to two years of age – our brains are built. Everything that happens in these first days, from policy to play, is crucial to shaping the partners, colleagues, parents, bosses and leaders we become.

Yet, raising a child can become a daunting task, one that you can’t learn from books or articles. I’m experiencing this firsthand as the mother of Lorenzo, a feisty toddler.

Children are a third of the world’s population, yet their perspective is missing in our most important conversations. Not so in my beat. For the past 18 months I’ve investigated the beginning of life and the themes surrounding it for The Correspondent. Now, I’ll continue exploring these issues here, powered by Slow News.

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