"What haunts me is how few parents realize the incredible need children have to feel emotionally as well as physically safe in the significant relationships they experience early in life. Feeling truly safe requires a child has at least one significant adult who is predictably available and attuned. Sometimes parents and caregivers think they just need to be physically present in a child’s life, but attunement means so much more. An attuned parent or caregiver is really attending, listening, noticing, engaging and communicating his or her desire to be connected in a loving, caring way."
This quote is an excerpt from Diane Wagenhals, Philadelphia ACE Task Force Member and Director of Institute for Professional Education and Development, Lakeside Educational Network in her blog that explores in a way accessible to both professionals and parents, how to be "attuned" for children. Read her blog, and thought-provoking questions at the end of it, here.