Secure attachment is the deep, enduring confidence a child has in the availability and responsiveness of the caregiver. When children are securely attached, they develop the courage to explore freely from the “secure base” of their caregiver’s presence. They believe they are loved and can admit their shortcomings without fear of losing this love.
When we know that we are loved for who we are, we are less likely to struggle with self-doubt, under- or over- achievement at work. We have all met someone, who is assured, makes you feel heard, is not out to prove him or herself, and conducts oneself with sensitivity, kindness, and grace.
Studies over fifty years have shown that securely attached children:
· Have happier relationships with parents and siblings
· Have stronger friendships
· Can work through interpersonal issues
· Trust that good things will come their way
· Have higher self-esteem
We hope the guiding questions and tips will spark meaningful conversations and bring some light and humor into your lives. May these books provide respite if you struggle to find the words to say and be a part of your toolkit to express the love and trust for your child.
The realistic images and situations help young children transfer information from books to the real world and provide more authenticity in facial expressions, which aid with emotional learning.
RAISE AWARENESS ON SECURE ATTACHMENT
This series helps distill many of the wonderful principles in attachment theory into accessible tidbits for you. Each book also comes with a parent guide written by a psychologist.
1.Introduction to Circle of Security
2.The Attachment Theory: How Childhood Affects Life
Hoffman, K., Cooper, G., Powell, B., Siegel, D. J., & Benton, C. M. (2017). Raising a Secure Child: How Circle of Security Parenting Can Help You Nurture Your Child’s Attachment, Emotional Resilience, and Freedom to Explore (1st ed.). The Guilford Press.
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Ganea, P. A., Pickard, M. B., & DeLoache, J. S. (2008). Transfer between Picture Books and the Real World by Very Young Children. Journal of Cognition and Development, 9(1), 46–66. https://doi.org/10.1080/15248370701836592
Tare, M., Chiong, C., Ganea, P., & DeLoache, J. (2010). Less is more: How manipulative features affect children’s learning from picture books. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 31(5), 395–400. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appdev.2010.06.005