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How to improve Child's Emotional Attachments

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Play with your child

Children learn and grow through play. Spend time playing with your child. When engaging in play, let the child direct what happens and follow his or her lead. It’s easy for adults to take over the play, but let the child have the lead. For example, you can ask questions, but let the child choose what and how to play. If building with blocks, say, “What are you building? Shall we build something together?”

 

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Do things that make you and your child laugh

Laughing together is a great way to help your child develop an attachment to you, so look for ways to have fun with your child and make him or her laugh. Some things you can do with your child like watching a funny movie together, Playing a board game or card game together, Making up a silly story, telling each other jokes.

 

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Help your child identify and express emotions

Getting your child to open up to you about how he/she is feeling is an important part of building attachment. Encourage your child to share his/her feelings with you. Reassure your child that he or she can talk to you about things. Try encouraging your child to draw pictures that represent how he or she is feeling.

 

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Value your children

Children want to receive respect and be treated with value. When making decisions, include the child in the decision-making process as much as possible. Ask for the child’s opinions, thoughts, and feelings. This will help the child understand that you care about what he or she thinks and feels and that the child is involved in decision making.

 

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Express sensitivity

Learn your child’s cues and respond in a meaningful way. Even when you feel frustrated or tired or exhausted, respond out of gentleness and support for your child and not out of anger. Even if you’re confused as to why your child may be upset, be sensitive to your child’s needs as you try to find a solution.

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Be affectionate

Let your child feel affection from you. This includes making eye contact, smiling, and expressing warmth and touch. Some children may enjoy hugs, kisses. If your child does not enjoy this kind of touch, use a gentle hand on the shoulder or a pat on the back. If affection is not wanted, don’t push it. Follow the child’s lead and respond to what your child wants.

 

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Social Awareness

Show empathy and understanding towards others. Help your child learn empathy by listening well to him and encouraging him to listen well to others. Encourage his curiosity and sociability by engaging in your community.  Take him with you as you run errands and interact with others. Model for him appropriate ways to interact with people who are different from you. Knowing how to positively engage with others and understand their feelings will have lifelong benefits.

 

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