Relationship pathways

Relationships often develop along common pathways.The paths illustrated here show only some of the possibilities that children may experience.5 They are based on the quality of care the child is given and whether the child's situation changes frequently or stays fairly stable.You may find that one or more of the pathways are recognizable, based on your grandchild's experiences.

Relationship pathways for children who initially have a secure attachment

Each relationship is different.The relationships your grandchildren have with their parents are different from the relationships they form with you. A child who had a negative relationship with a parent may have a positive, fulfilling relationship with a grandparent. Other children may be in more—or less—challenging situations. Both negative and positive relationships affect a child's expectations for future relationships.

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