Do you have kids?
Remember that feeling of being a new parent? If you are like me, there was a sense of wonder that I was responsible for my little girl, but this was mixed with fear over whether I could live up to this.
Thankfully, both our daughters were born healthy.
But I was listening to a presentation recently and they spoke about babies who are born prematurely. They are even more tiny and vulnerable, and at greater risk of problems developing. And a scary time for the new parents is made worse because their child has to stay inside a humidicrib for most of the time to give them the best chance at life.
There is a limit to the amount of time the parents can spend with their new child too. They can’t do anything for much of the time, and they are often anxious and stressed when they are there because they can’t do anything much but wait. But if they leave, they invariably worry too and feel guilty that they should be there in case anything happens.
But the bright people at Fujitsu came up with a great idea, and in partnership with Canberra Hospital did something that had a dramatic impact.
They installed a camera above some of the babies, and gave the parents access to the vision of their child.
The results were astonishing though.
The parents who had access to the cameras were less anxious when they weren’t at the hospital, because they could see their baby was fine.
Consequently, they were less anxious when they were back at the hospital.
The babies were able to pick up on this too and so they were less stressed. The result of this was that they gained weight faster, and were able to leave the hospital earlier.
I see the same thing when I talk to people about their finances.
Often they are worried about them because they don’t really have a clear understanding of what is going on, and they don’t feel like they are in control.
But when we go through the process with them and they understand where they are and can see a path and progress toward reaching their goals they become more confident and less stressed.
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