The Deep Groove Theory : A Secure Base For Your Baby

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Sensitivity Attachment and independence can be illustrated by what we call the deep groove theory. Building a secure base for your baby Think of your infant’s mind as a record into which life’s experiences and relationships cut deep grooves. Suppose the strength of the parent-infant attachment is represented by the depth of the grooves in the baby’s mental record. Between twelve and eighteen months, a baby can recall a mental image of their most familiar caregivers. We call this image permanence. This image helps to provide a secure base so the infant can begin to move more easily from the familiar to be unfamiliar. The mental presence of the mother allows the infant to, in effect, take mother with them as they move further away…show more content…
Making the world a safe place for your baby As parents, we want to protect our children from harm. In our role as protectors, we tend to think of the obvious provisions of food, warmth, and protection from illness and danger. But what if we consider safety from the child’s perspective? For a child, a very real sense of danger can be brought about by situations that seem perfectly all right to an adult. In response to perceived threat, a distressed infant or child will naturally express their need for comfort and security. The way in which a parent responds to such signals teaches a child about the predictability and safety of their world. With time, children learn whether they can count on a parent to provide comfort and security. This, in turn, affects their expectations that the world is either a safe or dangerous place to be. Attachment involves two components in the infant-parent relationship: the child’s need for protection and comfort, and the parent’s provision of timely and appropriate care in response to these needs. Attachment behaviours occur when an infant is emotionally distressed, physically hurt, or ill. In response to a threat to safety, a child will stop his or her activity and seek close contact with caregivers. Attachment behaviours also include efforts to maintain contact with the caregiver by, for example, clinging to caregivers or sitting on their lap, and any other behaviours that

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