Connecting With Your Child
When you make time to connect, your child learns they are important, ...
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A secure attachment helps children feel confident to explore the world around them.
It reduces their anxiety about new situations so that they can continue to learn new things.
When kids develop a secure attachment, they are better able to:
Here are some tips to help you emotionally connect with your child:
Be present – Give them your full attention when you talk, play and do activities together without any distractions
Be available – Show your child that they can rely on you and you care about them when they need help
Spend quality time together – It communicates that you value them, you want to get to know them and their interests
Express empathy – Show understanding of your child’s emotions and talk to them about their feelings, thoughts and behaviours
Be predictable – Having routines for meals, bedtime and other activities helps your child to feel secure
Be sensitive and responsive to your child – It helps them to feel safe to explore and to express themselves
Use calm and warm non-verbal communication – Eye contact, facial expressions, tone of voice, body language and hugs
Reflect on your own experiences of attachment – When did you feel physically and emotionally safe as a child?
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