I encouraged the Worm Baby to ask as many questions as she needed until she felt safe and secure, but there was little need; she had witnessed on several occasions, since she moved in, how well we exercised self-care and respect for each other. She knew that our efforts to minimize harm to her would be consistent with our other behaviors – which are more nourishing and protective than what she had come to expect from her world, her parents. Babies need that kind of direct experience, words are too complicated and easily fabricated.
So, yes, it was in the central business of what we do.
I can no longer call her the Worm Baby, she has grown up so much in the last few weeks.