A is for Attachment

Being an emotionally available parent ensures that your child will develop a strong attachment, compassion and a sense of well-being.  Here are some ways to build a healthy attachment with your child:

  1. Start now: There is a definite connection to own past attachment experiences and the relationship you will have with your baby. What will you do differently?

  2. Give respect in every aspect of care: Feeding, changing, wiping his nose,etc.

  3. Respond with sensitivity: Give words to your baby’s cry; use soothing tones when speaking to him.

  4. Use nurturing touch: Skin-to-skin contact assists in developmental progress; be aware of touches that may be unpleasant to her.

  5. Ensure safe sleep physically and emotionally: Let your baby know that he is safe and secure; allow opportunities for self soothing with supervision.

  6. Provide consistent and loving care: Consistency builds trust not only in you but her ability to trust others.

  7. Practice positive discipline: Focusing on the positive encourages movement toward desired behaviors.

  8. Strive for balance in your personal and family life; Keep an inventory of your own mental health; be a model of self care to your child.

If you are experiencing a personal struggle with your ability to have a strong emotional attachment to your child we're here to help you.  It's never to late to have a happy childhood.

Renee Leach


The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice.  Peggy O'Mara