Promoting Healthy Attachments with Children
It is important the way children form relationships at a young age as it will have a huge impact on how they make relations in future. It is the responsibility of parents, teachers, and elders in family to promote healthy attachments with children.
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Strategies & Techniques
The early childhood educators constantly work to create opportunities for building healthy attachments with children in their way of caring along with helping the families in improving their attachment with the children. The educator works with the family and tries to create connections within the home environment, community, and the child care setting. These educators use several strategies for promoting healthy attachment in the classroom by following these practices:
- Being responsive, consistent, and understanding the signals and needs of children.
- Encouraging the positive behavior and play in children.
Secure attachments help in promoting self-regulation, empathy, social behavior, and positive sense of emotional well-being or self-esteem. When children don’t have secure attachments they spend less time in exploring and playing in the environment as the adult they rely on is not present.
You must remember:
- To be sensitive and empathetic towards the needs of your children by being warm, and responsive especially during their early years.
- You need to responds calmly and showcase good behavior as children learn from you to interact.
- It is important to interact and positively engage with your child and be there for them
- Parents must show positive behavior by eye contact, touch, facial expressions, and laugh while interacting with the child. You need to show interest in them.
The Educator’s Role
As an educator you can help the family to understand that they are the most important people in their children’s life and help them in comprehending various needs and behavior of child. You can teach them how to respond appropriately and how to get involved with their child. You can help the family in to create a positive bond and attachment with their child and try to show them where they are lacking.