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Seven Things Every Child Needs to Thrive





As parents and caregivers, we all want the best for our children. But what are the key ingredients that contribute to their thriving? Research and practical experience have shed light on what children truly need to flourish physically, mentally, emotionally, and behaviorally. Here are seven fundamental factors:

  1. To Be Heard and Understood: Children need us to actively listen to them, even when their words are challenging. When they feel heard, they’re more likely to express themselves openly and authentically.

  2. Affirmation: Recognize and celebrate their efforts, whether it’s in academics, arts, or sports. Your acknowledgment matters and can make their little hearts happy.

  3. Unconditional Love: Children need to know that our love isn’t tied to their achievements. Regardless of their behavior or success, they should feel cherished and supported.

  4. Safety: Feeling safe is crucial. While some circumstances are beyond our control (like global pandemics or natural disasters), assuring your child that you’re there for them helps alleviate fear and anxiety.

  5. Physical Touch: Hugs, cuddles, and physical contact are vital. As infants, touch is essential for their well-being. Remember Dr. Virginia Satir’s wisdom: “We need four hugs a day for survival, eight for maintenance, and twelve for growth.”

  6. Being Chosen: Children want to feel wanted and cherished within the family. Each child is unique and contributes to the family’s fabric.

  7. Belonging: Help your child understand that they matter and have significance. Foster a sense of belonging within the family and community.

Remember, these elements create a strong foundation for children to thrive. Let’s nurture their hearts and minds, allowing them to shoot for the stars!


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