The importance of attachment

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The importance of attachment

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Attachment is the emotional system and bond that is established between a child and a parent. It is an evolutionary necessity, really. What your baby utilizes in order to engage with you as a sense of safety and security from them. You become a home base in which the can begin to explore their environment, and then come back to, when they feel distressed or in danger. It is important to remember that danger is different for a baby, then it is for us. Danger could be the dark, an unfamiliar noise, it could be separation from you. They are going to get clingy or cry or fuss, in order to illicit your protection, and signal you that there is something not right for them and that they need you. The benefits of a secure attachment is that it's going to help your baby truly develop a healthy sense of well-being, an internal security that they can take forward with them into the world.

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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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