Behaviour and Parenting
Being a parent is a tough job. Positive experiences - and good parent-infant relationships during the early years - are associated with forming a secure attachment. This contributes to:
- good physical and mental health
- speech and language development
- emotional self-regulation
- good health outcomes throughout the life of the child.
Attachment is defined as a secure relationship with a parent or carer which allows a baby or child to grow and develop physically, emotionally and intellectually. Babies and children need to feel safe, protected and nurtured and have their needs met. Unmet attachment needs may lead to social, behavioural or emotional difficulties, which can affect the child's outcomes.
Early Years settings are a great place to provide encouragement, tips and reassurance to parents and carers.
Advice and resources
Baby Buddy pregnancy and parenting app
DadPad app provides knowledge and skills for new dads (available for Hampshire residents to download free from your app store) or order a hardcopy for £10 from the DadPad website
Five to Thrive has five key activities embedded in its message to support attachment: Respond · Cuddle · Relax · Play · Talk
NHS Start4Life offer support to parents during pregnancy, birth and parenthood
Family Lives offer advice and support for families on a range of issues. They also have a Parent Channel TV with free videos to support and encourage parents and carers with a range of concerns including behaviour, wellbeing and learning.
HomeStart Hampshire can provide families in need with an experienced parenting volunteer to provide emotional and practical support
Relate has a section on help with family life and parenting
Gingerbread is a charity that supports single parents
Positive Parenting guide from NSPCC