This article explores how and why child care theory and practice has been separated
from the idea and concept of love since Dr John Bowlby used the word in his book,
Child Care and the Growth of Love (1953). The author attempted to reconnect child
care theory and love in his book, The Growth of Love (2008) the title of which was
deliberately chosen to reflect the debt owed to John Bowlby, and his son, Sir Richard
Bowlby contributed the Foreword. Some of the challenges and implications of this approach
are described, before reference to the writings and work of others that he discovered
in the process. Three mentioned are Janusz Korczak, Paulo Friere and Friedrich Froebel.
Recent research on cognitive development creates space for thinking about love, for
example Sue Gerhardt, Why Love Matters (2004). The article concludes with reference
to children in hospital and love in religious traditions, with a final mention of
how Johannes Brahms saw love as the key to all of his music.