What is attachment

Attachments are relationships that children form with the most special and trustworthy people in their lives. Although these relationships usually begin between infants and their parents at birth, attachments can form when children are older, too.The most common attachment is between mother and baby. However, the child could form an attachment with any person (including grandparents, aunts and uncles, older sibling, or babysitter) if the right type of care is given. By the time babies are 18 months old, they usually have formed attachment relationships with a few special people. In many families, these people are grandparents who are raising their grandchildren.

Length of time grandparents typically spend raising their grandchildren.

less than 1 year 1 to 2 years 3 to 4 years 5 years or more

In addition to getting their basic needs met, children look for comfort, love, safety, and protection through their attachment relationships. Children are born ready to form a trusting attachment with a caregiver. However, the quality of the relationship that develops depends on how the child is treated:

• When adults treat children in positive and dependable ways, children develop healthy attachments.

• When adults treat children in negative ways, such as failing to protect them, not responding to their needs, or hurting them, children develop insecure attachments.

These early attachment relationships are important for a child's social and emotional development. Having an adult in their lives who gives them emotional and physical support helps the child develop a sense of security, comfort, and confidence. If there is no adult whom the child can count on, he or she may grow up not trusting in others.

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