Helping Children Form Healthy Attachments
Building a Foundation for Strong Lifelong Relationships
Safety, feeling at home, trust, self-confidence, creativity, and comfort in exploring the world, are things all children should have.
From an early age, children form attachments that become the foundation of their future relationships. Strong bonds with their world (parents, educators, plants and animals) can only begin with a healthy attachment to themselves.
With practical tips and real-life examples from an experienced educator, this insightful book explores how the process of healthy attachment develops in young children (until 6 years old), what conditions are needed for becoming well bonded and how carers and educators can help in this important process.
“The structure of the book enables the author to supply plenty of valuable advice to parents [and] the essence is easy to grasp. This could make it a life changer for families.” —Jill Taplin, NESWEC course coordinator
“I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to deepen their knowledge of child development and become more confident with children, building harmony and enjoying the unconditional love all children need.” —Sabrina Daniele, Steiner–Waldorf teacher
“I found this approach to forming attachments practical, easy to read and understand, and very approachable.... The translation from the Dutch is excellent, and I would recommend this book for teacher and parent libraries.” —Kindling
C O N T E N T S:
PART I: WHAT IS HEALTHY ATTACHMENT?
1. Healthy Attachments for Harmonious Living
2. A Brief History of Parenting in the Twentieth Century
3. The Beginnings of Attachment Theory
4. It Takes a Whole Village to Raise a Child
PART II: BUILDING BLOCKS IN THE ATTACHMENT PROCESS
5. The Attachment Pyramid
6. One: Building Basic Security
7. Two: Building Trust
8. Three: Building Self-confidence
9. Four: Building Independence
10. Five: Building Creativity
PART III: FURTHER ADVICE FOR EVERYDAY PARENTING
11. The Inner Working Model: Weaving the Bond
12. Educating the Will
13. Unhealthy attachment
14. The More Securely Attached the Better
References and Further Reading