“We usually think of support systems in human terms — a spouse, a parent, a sibling, a friend. This is understandable because human relationships are essential to a sense of personal well-being. However, support systems consist also of community networks that provide supplies and services: adequate housing, sufficient food, efficient transportation, safe streets, good schools, accessible medical care.
When these services are readily available, they are ‘psychologically silent‘: we do not notice the enormous contribution that they make to our personal well-being, to our ability to have harmonious human relationships, and to our capacity to be adequate parents. It is only when one or more of these supports are lacking that their importance can be appreciated because of the stress that the family experiences in their absence.”
– Alicia Lieberman, from The Emotional Life of the Toddler
A little food for thought.