Questions to ask yourself

• How do I feel when the child cries? What is going through my mind? Do I feel nurturing or bothered? Loving or angry?

• How does the child act when it seems like he or she should be feeling afraid, unsure, or in need of protection?

• When I offer comfort to the child, how does he or she react? How does this make me feel?

• When the child acts in a negative way, how do I react? What message am I giving the child with my actions?

• What could I do differently to make things better?

• Am I getting the support I need to respond in a nurturing way to the child?

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