Nine Ways Children Benefit From Secure Attachment

Parental Alienation

Babies need a secure attachment for many reasons including to survive and grow, to become individuals and to thrive in relationships. Though many still focus on behavior in child rearing—perhaps because it’s something we can physically see—the evidence to parent with an emphasis on establishing secure attachment in children is too significant to ignore. The following points make the case for why we should emphasize secure attachment in parenting, and have been adapted from my recent book, Raising a Secure Child:  How Circle of Security Parenting Can Help You Nurture Your Child’s Attachment, Emotional Resilienc and Freedom to Explore which I co-authored with Glen Cooper and Bert Powell. .   Secure attachment inoculates children against toxic stress. If attachment is in fact an insistent, primal drive, imagine how stressful it must be to have it regularly thwarted. The stress of unmet attachment needs can certainly manifest in a child’s behavior, but research…

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