Having a secure parent-child attachment can make all the difference to a child’s level of stress, their ability to manage emotional experiences, their capacity for learning and their social ease. Working on this attachment will help your kids to manage struggles and emotions throughout their lives.
Parenthood is full of contradictions: we want to keep our children safe, yet we also want them to be adventurous and try new things; we want them to feel like the most important people on the planet, but we don’t want them to become conceited or arrogant; and we want them to be independent but can’t help feeling a little rejected when they don’t need us anymore.
This last scenario can be summed up in two words: Separation anxiety.
But the real question is who suffers more? The parents or the children?