It’s science: Attachment is the key to raising more emotionally stable children
written by Alana Pace, posted on parenting from the heart
“She’ll never learn to stand on her own two feet if you coddle her like that.”
The words came from one of two visitors staying with us from out of town. That day the couple had offered to take my kids to the Nature Museum. My then three-year-old was all-in! He wasted no time getting his velcro shoes and climbing into the rental car.
My four-year-old daughter was slower to warm up to the idea. Leaving me wasn’t easy for her at this stage of her life.
So I wrapped my arms around my girl and gave her the words she was struggling to say, “You don’t want to leave Mama.” With her head still nestled in the nape of my neck, she nodded.
As the initial fear of leaving me subsided, I urged her to go. “You can stay, but I have to go to Costco and clean the house. Everyone else is going to the Nature Museum. You can see the dinosaurs and play vet!”