What you do and how you do it directly affects your child’s emotional well-being.
In order to feel safe and secure, children need to see their parents are confident and capable of managing daily stress and problems, as well as the occasional crisis.
According to Jim Taylor, Ph.D., “One of the most important qualities you want to instill in your children is a deep sense of security in themselves and the world. . . . Simply put, secure attachment develops in children who learn that they can rely [on] their parents to meet their physical and emotional needs.”
Naturally, you wouldn’t expect to be perfect, and you’ll want to be quick to forgive yourself for the many mistakes you’ll make and move forward. However, if there’s a personal or parenting pattern of behavior you want to improve, doing so sooner rather than later could impact your child’s emotional health in a positive way from here on out. This is a good thing. Just by reading articles like this shows you’re a parent committed to daily development. You’ve got this!
Taylor, J. (2014). The Power of Prime: Three Ways to Raise Secure Children. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-power-prime/201401/three-ways-raise-secure-children