Everyday Parenting with Security and Love

Using PACE to Provide Foundations for Attachment

Foreword by: Dan Hughes

Beginning Attachments offers parents and carers an introduction to caring for children who struggle to form emotional bonds. It provides an understanding of the challenges faced by these children and offers practical guidance on how to build and foster emotional connections.

Children who have experienced trauma, loss or separation early in life need more than just special care and attention; they need to be parented with love and security in a way that allows them to heal and rebuild emotional bonds. This comprehensive book provides parents and carers with crucial advice and guidance on how to strengthen attachment and trust.

Based on Dan Hughes’ proven ‘PACE’ model of therapeutic parenting, this book explains how to implement PACE techniques to overcome the challenges faced by children who struggle to connect emotionally. Barriers to stable relationships such as a lack of trust, fear of emotional intimacy, and high levels of shame are all explained. It explores techniques to overcome these barriers by teaching how to support the child’s behaviour at the same time as building empathy and trust.

The practical parenting guidance offered throughout is essential for carers or parents of troubled children, and will help build safe, secure emotional relationships.


‘Kim offers us realistic and pragmatic strategies to care for our children that are grounded in the reality of our daily lives and our children’s worldview. An essential read for parents of children who have experienced trauma, loss and separation.’
– Al Coates, adoptive parent, Social Worker, Blogger at ‘Misadventures of an Adoptive Dad’ and podcaster

‘The use of practical examples and case studies enables therapeutic parents to apply the PACE model effectively. A must-have addition for all therapeutic parents’ bookshelves!’
– Sarah Naish, adoptive parent, CEO National Association of Therapeutic Parents and author of the Therapeutic Parenting children’s series

‘In this important book, Dr Kim Golding provides us with the guidance needed to understand and develop relationships with children and youth who desperately need them in order to have success and joy in their lives.’
from the foreword by Dan Hughes, psychologist and founder of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy


Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Date: Jun 2017

ISBN: 9781785921155

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