Having a strong connection with your child is important. While you have their whole life to strengthen your relationship with them, it’s important to establish a bond with them early on. This sets your child on track for positive and healthy development.
It Aids in Brain Development
Your child’s brain develops rapidly in the first few years of their life. According to the National Association for the Education of Young Children, it’s important to establish connections with them in order to foster healthy brain development. For example, talking or singing to your children helps them to establish language connections. Creating a strong bond with your child also instills in them a sense of security. Having this security allows them to feel more comfortable and calm so they can learn and grow. Their brain can be dedicated to developing higher functions since it isn’t focused on any anxieties or worries. Overall, a secure attachment helps them to feel grounded so they can comfortably explore their own curiosity.
Having a secure bond with your child also aids in the development of their nervous system. Everything, including the nervous system, is underdeveloped, so a secure bond helps to establish positive connections.
Prevent Attachment Disorders
Attachment disorders can be the result of neglect, separation, displacement, and other such situations. A child who experiences an attachment disorder may exhibit poor relationships with peers, lack of a conscience, lying, stealing, eating disorders, or lacking impulse control. One common disorder is reactive attachment disorder. According to Renewed Hope Ranch, reactive attachment disorder can result from a traumatic event early in childhood. This disorder usually results in your child struggling to form an attachment with you. Preventing these disorders is much better than trying to treat them. The best form of prevention is by forming a strong bond with your child through secure and consistent relationships.
Increased Health Overall
According to the ASPE, lack of a secure bond with a caregiver can put a child at higher risk for certain health issues. For example, they may be more likely to develop depression or another mental health disorder later in life. Because so much can be affected much later, it’s important you form a bond as soon as possible. Babies who have a strong bond with their caregiver have a stronger immune response as well as increased recovery. They have also been shown to develop faster.
Overall, a strong bond with your child does wonders for their development. It helps them to be more grounded and they establish positive connections early on. Of course, you may feel pressured to be a perfect parent. However, you just need to show your child love and be consistent.
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