Apr 5, 2011, Parksville, BC: How to Grow Happy Children

Parksville, BC

Aboriginal Infant Development Program Vancouver Island Regional In service and Gathering

Regstration open to in-house staff only

How to Grow Happy Children: A Relationship for Life: The key to “growing” children who are emotionally healthy lies first and foremost in promoting rich and nurturing relationships between children and their parents & caregivers. When children have strong, healthy, positive relationships with their parents & caregivers, they are better able to manage their emotions, regulate their behaviour, and relate to the world around them. The focus of this workshop will be on helping parents & caregivers unlock the secret to interacting with children in a way that creates the foundation for life-long emotional health. We will learn about the concept of “attachment” or the special relationship between a child and a caregiver, the various factors that influence the attachment relationship, and the long-term implications of this relationship for child development. Workshop participants will also learn the “language of attachment,” and what attachment “looks” like in infants, toddlers, and young children, including the key markers of when the attachment relationship might need additional supports. Finally, we will explore supportive and empowering ways of connecting with families towards nurturing the healthiest attachment relationships possible with their children.

April 5, 2011, 9:00am-4:00pm