Attachment (Children)


Having a secure attachment with your child is a key factor in promoting their positive mental health. A child has a secure attachment with their caregiver when they feel safe, cared for, and protected. Secure attachment happens when a child can rely on their caregiver to meet their needs. 

Tips to form secure attachment:

  • Comfort your child when they are sick, hurt or upset.
  • Be warm and sensitive towards your child's needs.
  • Talk, listen and respond to your child.
  • Play with your child. Focus your attention on them.
  • Praise your child every day. Tell them you love them.
  • Role model healthy relationships.
  • Let your child know when there are changes in the routine. This will make them feel safe because they know what to expect.
  • When you will be apart, talk to your child about when you will be back. Saying things like "I'll see you after school" or "I'll see you tomorrow" reduces anxiety.
  • Talk to them about their day, thoughts and feelings. Let them know you are there to listen and support them.

Do you have more questions about parenting?

  • Connect with a registered nurse from Health811 for free, secure, and confidential health advice. Service is available 24/7 in English and French, with translation support also offered in other languages. Call 8-1-1 or visit
  • Connect with a Community Navigator from 2-1-1 for information about community programs and resources across Eastern Ontario. Helpline service is available 24/7 and in many different languages. Call 2-1-1 or visit
  • Connect with a Public Health Nurse and other parents on the Parenting in Ottawa Facebook page.
  • There are a variety of services to make it easier for your child to grow up healthy in Ottawa.
  • You can update your child's immunization record using either the CANImmunize App or the Immunization Connect Ontario (ICON) Tool
  • If you have received a message from Ottawa Public Health such as a letter or a call regarding immunization, an infectious disease, or infection control lapse, please call 613-580-6744 and listen to the menu options carefully.

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