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All children want a deep and enduring connection with their parents. This relationship, called attachment, influences every aspect of your child’s development, says Parents as Teachers National Center. It’s important to remember that attachment is not something you do to your child. It is the relationship you and your child create together. When a securely-attached child is challenged with a difficult task, he will look to his parents for a solution. As he matures, he becomes more independent. Parents who are encouraging and supportive help their child separate easily, develop a sense of competence, and feel securely attached and able to explore his environment.

Parenting Tip: play games together so your child can practice taking turns and sharing. This parenting moment is brought to you by Parents as Teachers, a nationwide organization providing parents with information on their developing child.

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