It is that intimate, magical chemistry that allows a mother to show even the youngest of babies how she is feeling.
A grimace, a frown or a smile are all useful tools for helping a little one to learn what is approved of, and what isn’t.
But one of the country’s leading child psychologists believes that having a Botox injection could freeze your child out from reading your thoughts because the procedure immobilised facial muscles.
Renowned parenting author and Playgroup Australia ambassador Steve Biddulph wrote in the magazine Totline: ”Even the youngest human beings are hard wired to tune into other people’s feelings.
”Say, for example, their mum is sad or their big sister is worried – when your little one mirrors that look with their own face, a miraculous thing happens. Their brain also starts to feel the feelings that they’re seeing in the face of the other person.
”This ability to read faces and understand them is what we call empathy.
”Our faces are so connected to our feelings that when a person who has Botox treatments [freezing some of the face muscles so they can’t move any more], they actually start to have less feelings as a result.