Friday, April 2, 2010

Mary Ainsworth and The Origin Of Attachment in Early Childhood Education

"There are two lasting bequests we can give our children. One is roots. The other is wings."
~Hodding Carter, Jr.

Mary Ainsworth was so helpful to me in understanding separation anxiety in young children and the need to bond with children. I had actually worked at a wonderful school that had a “Separation Anxiety Policy” built around Mary Ainsworth’s theory. The parents loved it and it worked like a charm. The assistant director happened to be a Psychology major.
There will always be tears in preschool, all kinds of tears. I like the little ones to know we understand-the tears dry much quicker when there is an understanding hand to dry them.

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