Attunement is a valuable building block for healthy attachment in your baby’s first year. When you and your baby are attuned, you act in harmony.
Your child’s first relationships with the people around him provide the foundation for his healthy social and emotional development. This section discusses stages of your baby’s emotional development and how to help him build skills that allow him to interact with the world with confidence and joy.
As your child’s inner foundation becomes established, he also reaches out to understand and connect to the community at large to find a sense of belonging.
In many ways your baby is helpless and dependent on you, but he also has his own strength, survival instinct, and unique destiny to be honored.
As your child attains the essential skills that allow him to think beyond himself and to develop spiritually, you can help him create a value system, a moral code, and a supportive spiritual community that will serve him throughout his life.
Even after you have settled in with your newborn, self-care is an ongoing source of physical and emotional strength. You can think of it as an essential nutrient that restores your energy and makes you a more effective parent. Here are some suggestions for self-care.
Positive emotions help your child learn and retain information. Here are some strategies to create a positive emotional climate.
Every family has issues and hurdles that can impede attachment. The following are a few of the more common challenges that parents face today, along with some strategies to overcome them and to ensure that your baby develops a healthy attachment and a strong emotional foundation.
As children’s experiences become more complex, childhood stress is becoming more common. Many parents want their children’s lives to be easy and stress-free, but in the past 20 years, children are experiencing the need to adapt to increasing tensions and pressures in daily life.
The rituals, customs, and celebrations that you create with your family reflect your priorities and values. Your child will feel connected to these experiences and perhaps pass them along to his children.