The importance of consistent caregivers for small children

Nominated for an Emmy Award for her parenting work, Wendy Walsh adds her advice on the importance of consistent caregivers for small children to minimize the possibility of any personality or trust issues later on in life.
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The importance of consistent caregivers for small children

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An attachment injury is a rupture in a relationship with a primary caregiver during a critical moment of need. It could involve abandonment, neglect, abuse, or just too much inconsistency. New babies are new to the world. They are thriving on trying to figure it out. If there is too much change, if there are too many new people all the time, it can be disturbing for them. God forbid, the person they are most in love with, the nanny who has been working 70 hours a week, suddenly gets fired. One of the worst things that can happen to a baby or toddler. It's very important to avoid attachment injuries. Attachment injuries can lead to some major personality disorders. They just can't trust relationships. They can't trust that someone will be there to meet their needs. I want you to prepare for your young child's life, for there to be some consistency caregivers. It doesn't matter if there are lots of people. It could be a grandmother or a nanny during the day, it's the fact that it's consistent and loving, that matters to a child.

Nominated for an Emmy Award for her parenting work, Wendy Walsh adds her advice on the importance of consistent caregivers for small children to minimize the possibility of any personality or trust issues later on in life.

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Wendy Walsh, PhD

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Dr. Wendy Walsh was nominated for an Emmy Award for her work as co-host on The Dr. Phil spinoff, The Doctors TV show. She also hosts Investigation Discovery Network’s “Happily NEVER After,” as well as being part of Dr. Drew’s Behavior Bureau on HLN Network. On CNN and 9 Network, Australia, she breaks down the psychology of sex, love, gender roles, divorce, parenting and other human behaviors. Dr. Wendy is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at California State University, Channel Islands. She holds a B.A. in Journalism, a Masters degree in Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, and is the author of three books and numerous publications, including The 30-Day Love Detox. She appears regularly on The Today Show, CBS This Morning, Good Morning America, The Steve Harvey Show, The O’Reilly Factor, Inside Edition, The Katie Couric Show, Jane Velez-Mitchell, and The View.

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