To understand how place attachment is formed during childhood, Morgan suggests a ‘developmental theory of place attachment’ (2010), which relates children’s environmental experiences to the interaction with and dependence on their caregivers. Morgan’s model emphasizes how children alternate between exploring the physical environment and seeking reassurance from nearby adults. Two motivation systems are at work, that of exploration and assertion and that of attachment and affiliation (Lichtenberg 1989). Place attachment in view of this model can be characterized as the outcome of the child’s experiences when exploring the physical environment on his own in an emotionally safe way, expressing the child’s own experiences as well as how these have been shaped and influenced by his relationship with the caregivers. In theories on attention there is a similar emphasis on the interaction taking place between the child and his caregiver for the child to attend to aspects of the surrounding environment (Vygotsky 1979, Hansen 2002). Morgan, Vygotsky and Hansen refer to early stages of child development. In this presentation emphasis will be on the environmental experiences of children around puberty. A relational interpretation of children’s dependence on adults for their environmental experiences will be put forward, understanding puberty to be that stage during mental development when the dependence on adults wanes and the individual instead asserts his emotional independence, his own ‘self’ and individuality. At that phase of development physical environment loses concomitantly the fascination that it holds to children, giving place psychologically to a pronounced social environmental interest like finding out about who uses what physical spaces and how. This author has found that place experiences vary considerably between children in different environments. In urban environments children tend to have much less detailed descriptions of their physical environment than children of the same age in countryside environments (Nordström 1990; 2000a, b; 2010). Adult influence is clearly reflected in children’s environmental experiences in places where children belong to different social groups. Children in families not rooted in the local culture show less emotional involvement with the physical environment than children in families who are part of that culture. The author’s presentation at the symposium will describe children’s environmental experiences as an interactive relationship between children and their physical environment from the perspective of children’s parental dependence in an attempt to put attention to the concept of attachment of place from the perspective of developmental psychology.