What every child needs for good mental health

What every child needs for good mental health

Frances P. Ryan D.E.
Psychomotor Therapist

Acceptance     

Every child needs to believe that his parents like him for himself, just the way he/she is. 

That they like him all the time and, not only when he/she acts according to their ideas of the way a child should act.

That they ALWAYS accept him, although they may often not approve of the things he does.

That they will let him grow and develop in his own way.

Security

Every child needs to know:

That her home is a good safe place that she/he can feel sure about

That he/she belongs to a family or group; that there is a place where he/she fits in

That there are limits to what is permitted and that the parents will hold him/her to these limits

Independence

Every child needs to know:

That her parents want him/her to grow up and that they will encourage him/her to try new things.  

That they have confidence in her/his and in her ability to do things for herself and by herself.

Guidance

Every child needs to have grown ups around him who show by example how to get along with others.

That though it is all right to feel jealous or angry, he will not be allowed to hurt himself or others when he/she has these feelings.

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