Are you concerned about whether or not your child will be ready for school? Do you want to do everything you can to make sure your child is ready to learn? If you answered “Yes,” then attachment is for YOU! There is no better way to prepare your child for school than to make sure she is securely attached.
Children who are securely attached are more likely to:
- Do better in school and in future achievements.
- Make friends more easily.
- Be more flexible and resilient.
- Spend more time with peers and have more positive relationships with them.
- Have more positive self-esteem.
- Be more compliant.
- Be more comfortable with physical contact.
- Form close friendships.
- Be more positive and enthusiastic.
Social and emotional competence is rooted in the relationships that infants and toddlers experience in the early years of life. During the first year, their major social and emotional milestone is the development of a secure attachment with their mother, father or other primary caregiver.
Relationships with friends contribute to both social and cognitive development and to the effectiveness with which we function as adults. Indeed, the single best childhood predictor of adult adaptation is not school grades, and not classroom behavior, but rather, the ability of the child to get along with other children. Children who are generally disliked, who are aggressive and disruptive, who are unable to sustain close relationships with other children, and who cannot establish a place for themselves in the peer culture are seriously at risk.
Children who have a low opinion of themselves, feel nervous or uneasy around others and are uninterested in the things around them have a difficult time getting along in a classroom, listening or even caring about what is being taught. Attachment is a lifelong learning gift you give your child, and best of all, it’s free! When children feel good about themselves, feel good about other people, and are interested in the world around them, they are more ready to learn.