Have you been accused of loving your child too much? Well, you’re on the right path because studies reveal that showing your child affection is beneficial to both their physical and mental health.Here are five benefits of showing your child appropriate love and affection:
- Affection plays a role in a baby’s biological development as well as brain development. Children need to know and feel that they’re loved, in a language that they understand and that they can make sense of. ?
- Showing affection to your child is likely to make them more comfortable to express affection themselves. ?
- Parental affection is critical for the healthy psycho-social and emotional development of children. ?
- When this need isn’t met satisfactorily, children may be display behaviour problems and disorders. They may become hostile ?and aggressive, dependent? or defensively independent, impaired in self-esteem and self-efficacy, emotionally unresponsive and unstable. Having a negative worldview and being susceptible to depression are also common. ?
- When children form early attachment to their primary caregivers, they learn a model for future attachments. When a baby feels like their needs are met and that a parent is emotionally available, and provides enough attention and sensitivity, this contributes to the development of a secure attachment style. Secure attachment early in life is more likely to result in secure attachments later in life. ?