Divorced parents dating with children
I also have heard from other parents, mainly fathers, who are afraid they are being shut out of their very young children's lives - now and for the long run.
It imprints in the same way Xmas is used to imprint in the future proselytized the value of religion. In the child protective system, we are generally "hands off" and work hard to reunite children and families when abuse is substantiated.And many separated parents are not encouraged (repeatedly and forcefully) by professionals about the overriding importance of working together for their children's sake, no matter how hurt or angry the parents might justifiably be.And the legal system encourages parents of very young children to fight, because they will give away their "rights" if they compromise now.The development of attachments is a biologically driven process, one that is observed in other primates, other mammals, and precocial birds.(Think of ducklings swimming in line behind their mother on a pond in springtime.) Very young children can and do form multiple attachments, including to mothers, fathers, grandparents, nannies, and so on.
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Yet, both for practical and scientific reasons, I believe that it is very important for children to form attachment relationships with their "other" parent too.