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It seems intuitive that a secure child-parent bond is important for survival and development. Research shows just how real those benefits are to children: 

  • They are better able to control their negative emotions in stressful situations. 

  • They develop better social competence, learn to match feelings with words in dealing with what’s happening around them, and they are less liable to develop internalizing and externalizing behaviour problems. 

  • They are more confident about exploring the world around them.

  • They learn through their parent’s caring behaviours to have a sense of worth, and to empathize and cooperate with others. These social skills help them to form strong relationships with peers in the future.