A Simple Gift program

Offered by Cape Breton's Family Place Resource Centre

A program designed to assist parents in understanding the importance of an infant's attachment relationship with parents, particularly during the first year of life. It uses the ideas of attachment theory and research to focus on different ways that parents and caregivers may respond to infants' cues. Negative emotions (anger, sadness, fear, jealousy) and the difficult behaviours that may result (temper tantrums, whining) are normal in young children. Research has shown that not learning to manage negative emotions in the early years may result in later problems. This program focuses on helping parents teach their young children how to understand their difficult feelings and express these feelings in ways that are socially appropriate. It focuses on the bond between parent and child, helping children cope with their emotions and helping parents develop their own parenting style.