Just because a child has attachment issues, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the parent’s fault. There are many situations that can arise, such as an illness or the death of a family member that causes parents to become overprotective. Considering that we don’t live in a perfect world, no one is protected against having some sort of attachment issue related to childhood. While this may be due to a parent’s selfishness or laziness, it is often unrelated to either of these issues. One of the best things a parent can do is to let their child discuss things that affected them in an open manner.
- The temptation to feel that it’s our fault likely comes from our desire to protect our kids.
- We need to celebrate good, imperfect parenting and accept that our own parents had faults.
- Ultimately, we should focus on understanding, not criticism and blame.
“We learned when I was about 5 months pregnant about his heart condition, and that things would be very touch and go.”