15 ways to
a stronger bond
with your child
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SOURCE: Foothills Children’s Wellness
Network ( foothillsnetwork.ca)
In her paper Postpartum Depression is
a Family Affair: Addressing the Impact on
Mothers, Fathers and Children, Letourneau
notes one common denominator with
PPD is that women who experience such
symptoms have too much stress and
not enough support.
“Even women who are prone to
depression, but have support, do not go
on to develop PPD,” says Letourneau.
Parental support, self-care and healthy
communities are essential to overcoming
adversity and cementing the parent/child
bond. For example when communities
and governments offer family-oriented
parks, recreation facilities and programs,
flexible paternity leave time and quality
childcare services, they’re also supporting
healthy brain architecture.
“If you are chronically stressed or
overworked, you can’t be available
to yourself and surely you cannot be
available to your child,” Mayes says.
How parents experience the world
directly affects how their children
experience the world.
Mayes and Letourneau encourage
parents to build personal social support
networks and also tap into programs and
services offered by health-care networks
Letourneau says the biggest challenge
to parent/child relationships is the lack
of support from society. “We’re not as
family-centric of a society as we could be.
New parenthood is wonderful, but it’s
It’s typical for both parents to be
working outside the home, she notes,
and that can be a challenge, never mind
the added anxieties that can upset the
balance of a parent/child relationship.