Basic Needs of Children

What are the basic needs of children? And, why should we care as they relate to education and in succeeding in school, or in need of an elementary math private tutor (random subject, I know)?

I’m not an expert parent. Not even close. I am experienced, however. Being a parent of 9 children has made me age and mature faster than normal. I pretty much look like I’m 90 years old, but I’m mid 30’s.

What I’m trying to say is that I have gained some wisdom along the way, and that’s what I’d like to share with all of you parents today, keeping in mind, of course, that while I’m speaking to you, this lesson is also for me.

Again, I’m not an expert parent – none of us are – but I am a parent that has had some experience and one that is happy to enter into a dialogue with other parents so that we can learn from each other.

So, here we go.

Basic Needs of Children

  1. Respected
  2. Important
  3. Accepted
  4. Included
  5. Secure

My experience tells me that when these needs are met, it leads to an emotionally healthy child. Knowing these critical needs are important because they can serve as a guide during those difficult moments we all have as parents; it can serve as a roadmap to guide our actions.

In subsequent articles, I’ll highlight each of these critical needs that children have and how we, as parents, can better and more intentionally meet the needs of our children.

This is important, especially as we seek to help our children become successful in school. If we do not meet these basic needs, our efforts on the school front will be influenced negatively.

So, stay tuned to learn about each of the critical needs that our children have and how each one will help them be successful in school – elementary, middle school, and in college and beyond. Heck, forget school – meeting these needs will help them succeed in life, and that’s what it’s really all about.

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