Attachment between a child and his or her parents is powerful. How healthy that attachment is will determine how healthy all other relationships are and will be.
Usually when a child comes into a family from foster care or through adoption, they aren’t able to attach easily. This is true regardless of their age.
In today’s podcast episode, Danielle and I openly share about not only how it was hard for our son to attach to Danielle, but also how Danielle felt about the struggle.
Here are a few of the things we touch on…
- What we call the “Trauma Dance”
- Two stories that illustrate the struggle of attaching…
- Running past Danielle to me when our son got hurt
- Our son asking other families if he could go home with them
- The challenge of parenting a child who isn’t attached to you
- Why our son would ask me, “Are you my Daddy?”
- A reminder of how our own attachment style impacts our parenting
- Ways Danielle intentionally worked on building a healthy attachment with our son
- intentional play time with lots of eye contact
- words of affirmation
- recapturing lost moments of attachment that usually happens the first year of life
- Danielle wraps up the conversation with a heartfelt word of encouragement for other foster and adoptive mothers
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