A PRIMARY RELATIONSHIP DURING INFANCY DIRECTLY INFLUENCES SECURE ATTACHMENT

Monday, November 29, 2010


The development of brain areas responsible for interaction, empathy, understanding, love, and responsiveness to others occurs as a result of secure attachment. A primary relationship during infancy directly influences these qualities.

In a blog post I read recently, attachment parenting was described as a trend. My sincere hope is this will not become a common opinion. Attachment is a scientifically proven human need which directly impacts brain connections.  We have come a long way in beginning to make the critical importance of a secure attachment better understood, but still have a long way to go before this is common practice for all children. Hopefully you will help in continuing to make this essential information well known. 
Throughout the week I will post additional information that can assist in creating greater awareness of the positive and long lasting impact that is made through attachment.

Bonding with Your Baby Parenting Advice for Developing a Secure Attachment Bond is an extremely useful article on this topic.

 

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Ann-Michele Timmerman said...

Hi Deborah:

In response to your post, yes, I continue to utilize my work to pass this critical information on to parents. I was a social worker specializing in adoption where we saw HUGE ramifications based on this lack of attachment, and am now a parent coach.

Interestingly, I completely agree when you mention in your blog post re: attachment parenting being seen as a "trend" as opposed to being understood as a necessary foundation for all humans.

I've often thought it was a shame that it was given the name "attachment parenting" in the first place, as "labels" are more likely to send the message to parents that it is a choice whether or not they parent this way.

Know that in my work with parents, I gently present it as a natural and critical basis for all things human in an attempt to override this misunderstood concept. (I've recommended "The Continuum Concept" to some parents interested in furthering their understanding).

Loved this blog post and looking forward to reading your ongoing posts on attachment!

Ann-Michele

November 29, 2010 at 10:22 AM

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