When kids hurt, parents hurt. We talk to parents every day who are suffering as they watch their children struggle with mental health challenges or substance abuse. No parent we've ever spoken with wants their son or daughter to be in pain—yet parents' behavior early in their child's life can create the conditions that eventually lead to crisis or to chronic mental illness.
We all know anecdotally and from experience that how we're raised deeply influences who we become. But according to the increasingly respected psychological approach known as attachment theory, what happens in our very first year of life sets us up for how we'll relate to others for the next 80 years or so.
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