Family Corner 3/25/15

Producer/Host: Sue Mackey Andrews
Engineer: Amy Browne

Program Topic: Circle of Security: The Importance of Attachment

Key Discussion Points:

a) Within relationships children learn what to expect in their world about being safe, lovable, capable and meaningful. Research indicates that these are building blocks for being able to thrive in good conditions and to survive and continue to grow in adverse settings. Some call that resilience.

b) Circle of Security-Parenting guides caregivers in providing a secure base from which children can go out to explore their world and safe harbor to which they can return.

c) When children expect to be safe they can focus on all the interesting things in their world, without having to be preoccupied with watching out for danger or with protecting themselves. Parents learn to Watch Over and Protect

d) goals. Parents learn to Help build successes and Comfort frustrations.

e) Children with positive attachment to their parents and other caregivers exhibit increased empathy, greater self-esteem, better relationships with parents and peers, enhanced school readiness, and an increased capacity to handle
emotions more effectively.

Guest: Charlie Slaughter, MPH, RD