By Joseph Gitau
Of all the animals, human beings are perhaps the only specie that require a prolonged period of care-giving and support, generally as much as twenty years on a gradually reducing scale, before they can become relatively self-reliant and sufficiently independent, barring any unexpected challenges.
Unlike many other animals at birth, the human child is physically absolutely dependent on a caregiver.
Whereas many wild animals are on their feet almost immediately after birth in order to survive in the wild, human babies take approximately a year to even make their first tottering steps. Even then, their basic needs remain paramount with complete reliance on another for many years.
Biological needs take precedence but emotional, mental and social wellbeing, increasingly demand attention….