Ten Things Every Child Needs
- consistent long-term attention from caring adults actually increases a child's capacity to learn.
- Holding and cuddling does more than just comfort a baby, it helps your child's brain grow.
Relationships - Relationships with parents and other caregivers buffer stress that can harm a child.
Healthy Environment - A Child's environment should be free from loud noise, sharp objects and other hazards.
- Self-esteem grows with respect, encouragement and positive role models from the beginning.
Care - Daycare from trained professionals can make the difference when a parent cannot be with a child.
- Time to play helps a child explore his senses and discover how the world works.
- Talking with a baby builds verbal skills needed to succeed in school and later in life.
- Exposure to music expands a child's world, teaches new skills and offers a fun way to interact with a child.
- Reading to a child from the earliest days of life shows the importance of reading and creates a lifelong love of books.
Guest Speaker, Susan Menke White ~ Community Volunteer
~ addressed "Parenting Skills: What Works? What Doesn't Work?" Based on the video "10 Things Every Child Needs": Families
learned new approaches and
how to incorporate these ideas into a positive parenting experience.