There was much praise and appreciation from the participants of the 2017 Parents Symposium. Most of them said that the speakers imparted crucial information on the challenges of parenting and how to overcome mental and emotional difficulties as a father or a mother. Details were also given on methods of helping parents and their newborns thrive together. Another important topic tackled during the event was parenting children with physical or mental disabilities. But one of the most significant things discussed by the speakers was how parental attachment made such a big impact on the growth and development of children. What is attachment and how does it affect a child’s early development?
Attachment is considered to be a major milestone in a child’s life and continues to have a big role throughout his adulthood. When a child becomes an adult, attachment will have shaped the way he feels about relationships and his own self as a person, and his sense of others. And although the word may sound negative, attachment actually increases a child’s independence, hence helping him possess self-confidence.
Attachment is relevant in early childhood development, and it is a fact that not all children are privileged enough to have successful attachments. As for those children in the foster care systems, it is important for social works and counselors to understand that some of them need more attention than the others. Children who are not in the foster care system may also have problems with physical or mental health issues and may lack proper attachment.
Children who have had successful attachments most often possess strong attachment themselves when they become adults. This is because they have developed confidence and trust in their early childhood years and are secure that their needs will ultimately be provided for. A successful attachment in the infancy stage results in improved interaction, which is related to improved communication skills in adulthood. The adult is also relatively more confident as he has experienced love and care early on. He can then easily be able to share love and compassion for others. Finally, successful attachment prevents negative outcomes in childhood growth and development, like misbehavior, dependency, and excessive demands.