The following are recommendations for helping children flourish. Children need:
To be loved and accepted for who they are
To be trusted
Someone to listen and understand
To feel safe
To be given moral guidance
Opportunities to be creative and playful
Caregivers who keep a sense of humour and perspective
Good examples to use as models
To experience honest, positive relationships
To spend time with parents and other loving adults
To experience friendship and companionship of peers
Privacy and time to be alone
To be guided and disciplined when appropriate
To have successful experiences and accomplishments
In essence, children need care and love from parents or guardians who are committed to them. A loving, bonded relationship is essential to their well-being, and guidance and discipline are fundamental to their futures as well-adjusted adults.
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