Learning Resources

Required Resources

  • Course Text: Diversity in Early Care and Education
    • Chapter 5, “Attachment and Separation”
  • Article: Balaban, N. (2006). Easing the separation process for infants, toddlers and families. YC Young Children, 61(6), 14–20.
    Retrieve this article from the ProQuest database in the Walden Library.

Understanding Attachment and Separation

In “Easing the Separation Process for Infants, Toddlers, and Families,” Dr. Balaban makes the statement that “adults’ experiences from their own childhood may influence their feelings about separation” (2006, p. 17).
Consider what you have learned in the course so far about yourself, infant/toddler development, and the impact of culture on both children’s everyday routines and deep-seated feelings.

By Day 3:

Post your responses to the following:

  • How do childhood experiences (either yours or those of other adults) influence feelings about attachment and separation?
  • Why is this information integral to working sensitively and effectively with infants, toddlers, and their families?
  • What particular influences might life threats have on the attachment and separation process and related parent/family behaviors?

Note: Use examples and cite sources to substantiate your thinking.

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