All parents want happiness for their children. Sometimes parents tend to forget the most important thing which needs to be provided to children which is LOVE.
Studies have shown that lack of parental warmth and love can make children more stressed, since parents put too much pressure on them to succeed without balancing it with affection. This can create health risks for children. Love and affection help children to feel secure regardless of accomplishments. This builds their confidence and self-esteem.
Often, many parents are surprised when their little ones demonstrate strong feelings of affection. They may wonder if a baby or toddler can have the emotional skills to show such feelings? Of course, the answer is an emphatic yes. Most children form deep, loving bonds with their parents and friends from a very early age. Even newborns feel attachment from the moment they're born!
Young babies bond emotionally with people who give them regular care and affection. A baby is dependent on caregivers for everything from nourishment to safety, so an initial bond is very strong. It also sets the standard for what a baby expects in later relationships in terms of emotional security, trust, and predictability.
Before 8 months of age, a baby's signs of affection are rather subtle. That is, until stranger anxiety and separation anxiety kick in. Hand your baby to a relative or babysitter and the child will cry for you.
Other signs may be subtle: Your 9-month-old lights up when a friend comes over and is sad when the friend leaves.
Around the 1-year mark, babies learn affectionate behaviors such as kissing. It starts as an imitative behavior but as a baby repeats these behaviors and sees that they bring happy responses from the people, the baby becomes aware of pleasing people and will start to use these behaviors more frequently.
Love can help your child to succeed
- Love helps your child’s mental well-being.
- Love makes your child physically healthier.
- Love increases your child’s brain development and memory.
- Love creates a stronger bond between parent and child.
- Love makes your child less fearful and more well rounded.
There are many ways parents can show love and affection to their children.
- When children are younger, parents need to show this affection through physical demonstration, such as hugging, cuddling and holding the children.
- Family games are a great way to show love and affection.
- In toddler age, holding your child’s hands while they walk is a good way to show affection. It has the added benefit of giving them a feeling of security.
- Having conversations with your child is another way to show love.
- As children get older, parents can show affection in non-physical ways, such as paying attention to children, remembering and celebrating important moments in their lives, expressing their love and kissing them good night before bed.
T’s Learning Center, Jacksonville’s top-rated daycare facility, encourages family love and togetherness every day and in every way. We are grateful for your trust as we care for your children.