Respond to at least two of your peers by providing them with two strategies or ideas (utilizing parent friendly language) that they could provide to parents of children in their care that would promote a secure attachment. 150 words or more.
Discuss how this video either correlates with or argues against your views on what it means to have a secure attachment. Provide your rationale as to why you feel this way.
The video definitely correlates with my view of a secure attachment. Children need to have secure attachments to be able to venture out and explore without feeling that no one cares, or not feeling safe. I believe that when children start in my classroom I must first build that bond with them to let them know they are safe with me. A classroom that has a teacher who makes each child feel welcomed, helps them regulate their feelings, gives them jobs, and creates a school family help them feel safe. When dropping off my grandchildren at the childcare it’s important to me to see them reach out for their caretakers, smile at them, show excitement to be there, this shows me that they feel safe and this is less worry on me and my family.
How does this video specifically correlate with Bowlby’s theory on development?
The video specifically correlates with Bowlby’s theory because Bowlby viewed the ethological theory of attachment which recognizes the infant’s emotional tie to the caregiver as an evolved response that promotes survival, which is applies to the infant- caregiver bond (Berk, 2013). The video correlates with this theory by discussing the importance of children feeling safe, trust the caretaker, which then helps the child to engage in play, show emotions, and learn.
State how each of the factors that affect attachment security (in chapter 10 of your text) directly impacts your future work with children.
The factors that affect attachment security with the children I work with is that I need to build those secure attachments with each child. Each child is different, some will need more hugs, some more smiles, and some will need routines and schedules. It will take me a few weeks to get to know what works best with each child, and through assessments, parent conversations, and observations I will learn what works best to make the child feel secure and safe while with me. I have worked with children who are very needy, sometimes due to their own home life which may have missed some of the developments of attachment, these children need more attention, love, and routines every day.
Lastly, review research on emotional self-regulation on page 408 of your text. How do the caregiving experiences of securely attached infants promote the development of emotional self-regulation?
Securely attached infants that can self sooth, and dismiss themselves from overstimulation will be able to deal with their emotional stress better. Infants who have caregivers who respond to their needs and patiently guide them through difficult environments will develop faster in the areas of exploration, and the ability to stay with activities longer. These children have caretakers that can handle their own feelings, show warm interactions, and help children through difficult experiences.
Berk, L. E. (2013).Child development. (9th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.