- Are deep and lasting connections that develop between a child and a caregiver
- Influence early brain development
- Have a lasting impact on a child's lifelong ability to regulate thinking, feelings, and behavior.
Insecure attachments are categorized in the following way:
- Insecure: develops when the caregiver is not available, in tune with the child and their needs, and is not affectionate.
- Anxious/Ambivalent: develops when the caregiver is inconsistent and unpredictable
- Avoidant: develops when caregivers are rejecting and unavailable
- Disorganized/disoriented: develops when caregivers are abusive or neglectful.
- Single parents
- Poverty/financial insecurity
- Homelessness or living in transition
- Separation or divorce
- Parental age
- are available
- are in tune with their needs
- are affectionate
- demonstrate pleasure in their interaction with children
- are able to comfort children when they are distressed
In light of this, the daily interactions you have with your child help shape their sense of self and how they will relate to other people--and these are lifelong skills and traits! It is crucial that children's needs are responded to consistently, promptly, and lovingly. To build strong and secure attachment relationships with children:
- Allow time
- Be dependable
- Handle children with mutual respect
- Listen and respond to what children tell you
- Use caring words to let children know they are respected and understood
- Adapt daily routines to meet individual needs
- Offer children opportunities to make decisions whenever possible
- Have realistic expectations of children's behavior
- Attend to your own needs
For more information about our program, philosophy, or this topic, please contact our Director.