Nurturing & Attachment
Attachment: An emotional bond and a pattern of positive interactions between a parent and child that develops over time.
Nurturing means a parent/caregiver's ability to:
- Feed and protect a child
- Support and encourage a child during the child's development, and
- bring up, train and educate a child to thrive to the best of their ability.
- A child's early experience of being nurtured and developing a bond with a caring adult affects all aspects of behavior and development.
- Even small acts of kindness, protection, and caring—a hug, a kiss, or a smile—can make a big difference to children.
- You are helping your child’s brain develop when you meet your infants basic needs for love, affection or provide comfort.
- A child's relationship with a consistent, caring adult in the early years is associated later in life with better academic grades, healthier behaviors, more positive peer interactions, and an increased ability to cope with stress.
- Children who lack early emotional attachments or who grow up fearful and expecting to be hurt will have a difficult time relating to peers.