Relationships are our greatest asset. They nourish us, help us to maintain a deeper sense of who we are, give us purpose, contain us, stabilise us and support us through life.
They begin the moment we are born into this world with the adults who are present and innately geared towards attachment, love and protection. We develop through complex stages of growth, learning and relationship, first with parents and carers and then with individuals outside the family network. The early patterns of attachment have a profound impact on the way we relate to others.
Parents are geared usually to encouraging affection, trust, a learning and loving family environment, encouraging positive experiences of family, school, learning and skills, friendships and patterns of intimacy and interdependency and good problem or conflict resolving skills.
These are extraordinary expectations of parenting and family life and taken for granted as what we expect and need in order to be healthy.