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Attachment Parenting: The Key to Thriving Kids? (page 4)

Attachment Parenting: The Key to Thriving Kids?

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Updated on Sep 26, 2011

Enjoy your child: Sure, it may sound obvious, but with all the pressures of life, sometimes fun falls by the wayside. “Enjoying your child and sharing the awe of discovering what it means to be a person in a wondrous world is crucial for the development of your child’s positive sense of self,” Siegel says. So slow down and take your child in. Parents today feel strained to keep up with all the details of managing family schedules. “Children need to be enjoyed and valued, not managed.”

Communicate consciously: The way we communicate with our children has a profound impact on how they develop, Siegel says.  It can be incredibly difficult when you’re tired, hungry, disappointed, or angry, to communicate at your best…Our ability to have sensitive, reciprocal communication nurtures a child’s sense of security, and these trusting secure relationships help children do well in many areas of their lives. The nonverbal messages of eye contact, facial expression, tone of voice, posture, and the timing and intensity of response are also extremely important elements of communication. May reveal more than words. Being sensitive to nonverbal communication helps us to better understand our children and allows us to consider their point of view and relate with compassion.

Afraid you may have missed the boat when it comes to creating secure attachments for your child? The most wonderful thing about Siegel’s work is the fact that any time is a good time to get started. “You can even change your attachment status as an adult,” he says, “It’s never too late.”

 

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