Research that Benefits Children and Families—Uplifting Stories

ATTACHMENT

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After reviewing this week’s blog assignment, I chose to go with option 1. I want to talk about something that is familiar with everyone but it still something that families face when dropping their child off to the early childhood program and/center and that is the topic of attachment. I know you may say, what is the big deal about attachment?,when in fact it is a big deal. When parents first drop off their child to the center/ program, it is already hard for them to let their child go and be with someone else for a long period of time. Attachment is a bond between an infant and mother and/or primary caregiver. According to research done by the Parent Infant Partnership UK (PIPUK), they concluded “that helping parents to form loving and secure attachments with their babies in the first two years will significantly reduce the likelihood of the children developing problems later in life, such as criminality, substance abuse and difficulties forming friendships” (Duffin, 2012, p.6). It is important that the parents form a secure attachment to their child.  “The combination of responsive, warm and positive interactions, as well as continuity and consistency in the caregiving process, facilitates the development of secure attachment relationships. This reduces stress levels for children” (Colmer, Rutherford, & Murphy, 2011, p.18),

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I am a childcare worker and I work with all ages of the children in the center. In the morning I am one of the first people that the child and parents meet and speak to. There are a lot of parents who display or appear to have a secure attachment to their child. In the morning they linger around, kiss their child a lot of times or give them hugs continuously, and then finally they leave. I assure the parents that their child is safe in the care of myself and the other staff members. Then we have some parents who are distant from their child and show no interest. They walk in and sign their child in and walk out the door. I feel sorry for the child and I will pick the child up or give them a hug and just let them know that they are safe and at a place where they are loved. There is one little boy in particular who cries all day long just about. He started about two weeks ago. They only times he does not cry is when he is eating and sleeping. He is one and he has never been in childcare before and he wants his mom. When she comes to pick him up at night he starts crying and running to her and she hugs and kisses him and talks to him. She tells him to stop crying and that he is fine and she told me that he will eventually come around and get use to everything. It is very important that we establish relationships not only with the children but the parents as well so that they will feel comfortable with leaving their precious jewels in our care. I have an attachment with all my students, and i try to show all of them love everyday. I have some who even wants to come to my house and spend the night. I love children and I love what I do.

brain

McCain and Mustard (1999), states that “research in brain development has demonstrated that the quality of interactions between an infant and caregiver in the first three years of life significantly affects the development of the brain and future physical, emotional and mental health” (as cited in Colmer, Rutherford, & Murphy, 2011, p.17).  The PIPUK charity also argues the fact that the frontal cortex critical growth occurs between the ages of six and eighteen months. The frontal cortex is the part of the brain that let us have empathy for others and also helps us to form relationships (Duffin, 2012).

References

Colmer, K., Rutherford, L., & Murphy, P. (2011). Attachment Theory and Primary Caregiving. Australasian Journal Of Early Childhood36(4), 16-20.

Duffin, C. (2012). Why the first two years of life can be make or break. Nursing Children & Young People24(6), 6-7.

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One thought on “Research that Benefits Children and Families—Uplifting Stories

  1. Hello Dionna, I used to find that the hardest part in the morning was when parents would tend to linger. I had a few parents who didn’t work and liked to drop off right before am snack and then would wait until we were finished to leave. It interrupted our whole routine and flow between my co teacher and I because we were in a system and it was a small classroom. It also makes it way harder on the child too. After years of practice I was able to get down how to politely tell the parent they could check on later but it make it harder for the child.

    Maria 🙂

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