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The Latest on Why and How Parent-Child Attachment Is So Important: A Conversation with the University of Minnesota’s Dr. Alan Sroufe

Sroufe,Alan_hsNo doubt you have heard a lot about why the attachment between you and your child is so important to your child’s lifelong development. But you also may have received mixed messages about what you need to do to build the kind of attachment that will put your child on the path to lifelong healthy development. Marti & Erin are delighted to welcome to this week’s show one of the world’s top researchers on attachment to set the record straight about what is and isn’t necessary in order to give your child this important foundation. (Marti is especially pleased because Dr. Alan Sroufe was one of her major mentors when she was working on her doctorate.)


What messages have you received from family, friends or media about how to build a good attachment with your child? How did Dr. Sroufe support or refute things you had heard before? To what extent did this show ease your anxiety about being “mom enough” or “dad enough” with your children? Share your thoughts in the REPLY space below.

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  1. Maureen O'Brien on November 22, 2013

    What a pleasure to listen to Alan Sroufe again. He always speaks so clearly about attachment. Particularly loved his clarity on the attachment parenting issue and the discussion of the importance of exploration for children.

  2. Sarah Rowcliffe-Holmboe on July 30, 2014

    I came across this podcast while searching for information on attachment. I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Alan Sroufe while an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota. His passion for this topic is what made me want to become a parent educator – because this is the good stuff parents need to know and understand! Thanks for a great podcast that clearly explains this important topic. I’ll definitely be sharing it with the parents I work with!


  3. Stacy on July 30, 2014

    We’re happy you found us, Sarah! Thank you for your comment and for letting other parents know about Mom Enough. Our shows are also available on iTunes. We will keep bringing the “good stuff” to parents – it’s our mission!