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Importance of Emotional Attachment for Toddlers


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Emotional attachment is one of the keys to raising a happy, confident child. For most parents, developing that attachment comes easily.

When a child and parent (or caregiver) are bonded in a close, connected relationship, the parent always offers a safe place from which the child can explore the larger world.

When a child is emotionally attached to a parent in a healthy way, he or she feels safe, secure and protected on all levels - physical, emotional and mental. The parent senses and responds to the child's needs and wants. And this attachment grows over time, through day to day actions and routines.

When toddlers are constantly responded to in a loving and accepting manner, they learn to feel supported and protected. This is especially important when your toddler is sick, hurt or upset. Your child will then feel free to explore the physical and social world with confidence, knowing you’ll be there if something is frightening or overwhelming.

Armed with these important life tools, your toddler will be able to take full advantage of opportunities to learn new skills.  You child will also be more able, and more likely, to talk to you about anything that may make them uncomfortable.  This, in turn, will help you keep your toddler safe.

Resources & Links:
HealthLink BC: Effective Parenting and Disciplining Children
HealthLink BC: Separation Protests: Helping Your Child

Last Updated: August 8, 2013