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What Is a "Reflecting Statement" and How Can it Help My Child?
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What Is a "Reflecting Statement" and How Can it Help My Child?

mirror neurons, child development, healthy children, children's psychological development, parenting, family therapy, child therapy, teen therapy, art therapy, attachment parenting, reflection, attunement, mirrorMost parents want to raise happy self-confident, and emotionally secure children. Many of us, however, parent in ways that were handed down through the generations. Some of them are helpful. Some of them are not. As humans continue to evolve as a species, our parenting skills can directly impact the neurological evolution of our children.

One way to positively influence your child's development is by making "reflecting statements." A reflecting statement is a verbal way of holding up a mirror.

The PACE Model of Attachment Parenting

Parents often ask me what they can do to help their children form a secure attachment style. One way to do this is to practice attachment parenting techniques.

Attachment parenting is a style of parenting that fosters healthy attachment within infants and children. The basic idea behind attachment parenting is that the parent-child relationship shouldfeelinherently safe to the child... physically, emotionally, and psychologically. The parent-child relationship provides a "safe haven" from distress of all kinds.

Attachment Parenting

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What is Attachment?

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Simply put, attachment is a survival mechanism that begins to develop while an infant is still in the womb. Human beings are wired for survival. Because the human infant is quite vulnerable (no claws, teeth, or ability to flee if endangered), the infant is dependent upon his or her primary attachment figure for survival. When an infant senses danger or discomfort, its survival mechanism comes "online." The sympathetic nervous system is activated. The infant's heart rate increases, its respiration increases, blood pumps to the extremities, adrenaline and cortisol is released.
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