This section provides additional information for parents - or anyone else who is interested. “Attachment” is reviewed for two reasons. (i) It is the foundation from which emerges the 5-Part model “Essential Principles of Parenting” under “Self Esteem Parenting". (ii) There appears to be a limited understanding of what “Attachment” really is; the role it plays in emotional and cognitive development, and in both short term and long term mental and emotional wellbeing; what is required to build a strong, healthy attachment style in a child; implications for substitute parenting; and the consequences of poor or impaired Attachment development. The common view of Attachment is more of a politically censored sanitised version. Mothers who want the best for their kids deserve to know the facts about Attachment.
“Validation Hypothesis” explains a fundamental emotional human need that motivates human behaviour in society and underlies child behaviour from infancy. “Parents Misled” explores how well-intentioned parents have been misled by misinformation and socio-political agendas in social values and social policy which have contributed to behavioural and social problems among today’s youth and an increase in mental health issues. “Repressed Anger” accounts for the existence of so much violence in society that is driven by angry kids whose innate emotional needs are being violated, due to parents being ‘misled’. As a consequence of the mental and emotional issues of youth, a “Self Medication Model” is discussed in “Drugs and Alcohol” that explores how kids are using potentially addictive substances and behaviours to cope with life, dull emotional pain and compensate for personal and social inadequacies. A discussion of “Depression” has been included because the condition is so common – yet so poorly understood - again, due to misinformation. Depression is still a highly stigmatised condition, even though anyone is potentially vulnerable to experiencing an episode during their lifetime if they are caught in a ‘trap’ of depressogenic circumstances. Any of the examples listed under "Child Needs Unmet" may pose a vulnerability to depression, but that does not mean that experiencing an episode is inevitable.
I trust that you will find these topics interesting, informative and helpful in understanding yourself, your kids and many of the psychological, behaviural and social problems that currently exist in society.