The long-term impact of attachment

Watch and learn as attachment theory is explained in regards to the long terms effects on a child. Any questions you might have about how your child will be grow and develop based on how they were parented as newborns and babies will be explained.
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The long-term impact of attachment

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The benefits of attachment will certainly show themselves in a variety of ways with your older children. First and foremost, they are going to have a tremendous amount of security, confidence, and self-esteem. A sense of who they are and a comfort in their own skin that I think other children don't necessarily have. They are going to have the ability to stand up for what they think is right. That is especially important when you get into your teen years and you are up against some peer pressure. It will really, really assist them. They have already had those conversations with you and they know that it is okay to have a contradictory opinion. To be able to come back to you, the secure base, and feel comfortable and confident. They can stand up for who they are and, at the same time, question; "Was I in an okay place, Mom? Can you help me out?" That's a very different experience than the child who has had to go it on their own from the beginning. Try it out, find their own independence, they are not going to have a place to work out, "Was I okay?"

Watch and learn as attachment theory is explained in regards to the long terms effects on a child. Any questions you might have about how your child will be grow and develop based on how they were parented as newborns and babies will be explained.

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Aimee Wheeler, PsyD

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When her son was born, Aimee found herself in uncharted waters. She knew she wanted to be a different type of parent than her parents had been. After years of self-exploration, she felt she had healed a lot of her childhood emotional wounds and that she could be a good mother but she didn't really know how to parent differently. She went to Mommy and Me classes, breastfeeding groups, you name it, searching to fill a void she initially could not identify. They were all helpful but not what she felt she was longing for. She realized she was looking for a safe place to really talk about the challenges she was facing every day. Unfortunately, it seemed that none of the forums she found as a new mother were able to provide that. She vowed then to create such a place for parents, and the idea for Parenting Discovery Center was born.

Her educational background in psychology had nurtured her tremendous curiosity about the impact and importance of infant attachment. Her research in this area had equipped her with a conscious sieve to help evaluate the overwhelming amount of parenting advice available. What she found was that at a time of total vulnerability, parents are often taught parenting techniques that cause them to unwittingly undermine this important and essential bond. 

The Center provides a safe and supportive environment for exploring the emotions and challenges faced by new parents. They are also here to help peoople understand the importance of attachment and help parents build a conscious bond with their baby based upon their individual family's values and lifestyle. 

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