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How Can I Help Myself Cope With Attachment

1. Emotional Health and Wellbeing 2. Attachment 3. How Can I Help Myself Cope with Attachment
4. Information on Support for Attachment  

3. Coping with Attachment

  • Keep stress in the household to a minimum.  Do this by looking after yourself as well as the child.  You are a role model as well as a parent.
  • Use the people around you.  If you're struggling then it's OK to ask for help. In fact, it may even help your child to see you relying on your social life for help and to trust in others.
  • Stay positive.  If your child sees you staying positive they may, even if only on a subconscious level, feel that it's OK for them to be positive about things as well.
  • Show your child common social boundaries and routines, so that their surroundings become predictable and manageable.  This will reduce anxiety and stress in your child and allow them to feel confident. 
  • If your child gets upset or causes an issue, make sure you are still there for them and available afterwards.  Your child expects you to abandon them; by remaining available you reinforce the new idea that there are people who love and care about them. 
  • But if you do grow too angry then be sure to admit you made a mistake.  This not only shows that it's OK to make mistakes, but that it allows your child to show empathy. 

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