Attachment is the relationship that develops between a baby and his/her main caregivers during their life. The quality of this attachment affects the child’s social, emotional, and cognitive development. Being touched and loved is essential to a child’s healthy brain development. Attachment ensures your child’s safety and protection. Parents as Teachers promotes strong, nurturing relationships with your child to secure attachment.
My toddler doesn’t like to be held anymore. What do I do?
Hi there! You can do something as small as reading a book to him, to let her know that you care and you want some special time.
How can I balance attachment with all three of my children? Help?!
Balancing attachment can be a little harder with 3 children, but you will get it! Find out what each of your children enjoy when spending time with you. Your baby may love receiving kisses from you when you pick her up from school. Be sure to do that everyday! Your middle child may love cooking with you. Be sure to include her when making dinner a few times per week. Your oldest child may need a debrief when getting home from school about her day. Make sure you give her your undivided attention, even if it’s only for 5 minutes. Hope this helps!
When my child misbehaves and is corrected for it, how can I still show him that I love him?
Parent Educator response- Great question! It’s always good to remain calm when you’re correcting him and after you have corrected him. When he’s ready to start behaving again, be sure to talk to him and hug him to let him know that you care about him and that you only want what’s best.
Every Tuesday, parent educators will discuss a unique topic concerning development and answer family questions. Families can submit questions on the United Way Parents as Teachers Facebook group.