"Connecting wisdom with science", the Centre for
Attachment (CFA) is a New Zealand-based agency providing support, education and
training on child development and attachment. CFA applies the latest findings from
neuroscience, medical health and psychology to help families, organizations and
communities better understand the true needs of children. It is their dream that
"every baby will have the experience of a warm, loving, and attuned parental
relationship - the best possible start in life."
At the heart of the well-designed website is an "Essential
Information" section covering Basics of Attachment, Sleep and Attachment, Feeding
and Attachment, Separations, Early Childhood Care and Education, Parent Emotional
Health, references, and related links. The exceptional papers in this section provide
scientific data, attachment concepts, and practical implications.
The monthly column Everyday Wisdom explores more personal
aspects of attachment such as fatherhood, adoption, premature births, and postnatal
depression. "When It All Falls Apart: Toddlers, Tantrums and Turmoil" is a
compassionate and perceptive look at tantrums through the eyes of a child, reminding
parents that "little children have big feelings but almost no experience in
managing those feelings. What calms a child - and teaches a valuable skill - is
empathy and validation."
The site also lists CFA's local services for parents and
professionals, related events, and staff bios. A form is available for site visitors
to register for updates.
"We all feel a greater sense of wellness and connection
when someone provides support, kindness and guidance during our most trying moments.
Extending this intelligent compassion to our children allows us to loosen their ties
to tantrums and upset and, instead, to strengthen their bonds to happiness and their
relationships with us."