header spacer
Children's Medical Services - Special services for children with special needs
highlights left shadow
Father and daughter; Text - Bringing health care professionals together to serve children and families Family in front of house; Text - Offering high-quality care in a nurturing environment Parents and daughter laughing; Text - Creating a medical home where families are respected and supported
highlights right shadow
left menu shadow menu spacer content left spacer
content right spacer content right spacer

Nurturing & Attachment

Attachment: An emotional bond and a pattern of positive interactions between a parent and child that develops over time.

Nurturing means a parent/caregiver's ability to:

  • Feed and protect a child
  • Support and encourage a child during the child's development, and
  • bring up, train and educate a child to thrive to the best of their ability.
  • A child's early experience of being nurtured and developing a bond with a caring adult affects all aspects of behavior and development.
  • Even small acts of kindness, protection, and caring—a hug, a kiss, or a smile—can make a big difference to children.
  • You are helping your child’s brain develop when you meet your infants basic needs for love, affection or provide comfort.
  • A child's relationship with a consistent, caring adult in the early years is associated later in life with better academic grades, healthier behaviors, more positive peer interactions, and an increased ability to cope with stress.
  • Children who lack early emotional attachments or who grow up fearful and expecting to be hurt will have a difficult time relating to peers.