Children Need...

APPRECIATION - for all they bring into our lives

BALANCE - somewhere between too little and too much

COMMITTMENT - it’s the little things we do each day that matters

DREAMS - to touch the future

EMPATHY - to remember what it’s like to be a child

FAMILY and FRIENDS - everybody needs somebody to love

GUIDANCE - action speaks louder than words

HEALTHY HABITS - to nurture body mind and spirit

INSPIRATION - to explore beauty wonder and spirit

JOY - sprinkle laughter and happiness daily

KINDESS - to learn to care for others as they are cared for

LIMITS - set boundaries and consequences together

MENTORS - to give wings to their aspirations

NATURE - to delight in rainbow butterflies and shooting stars

OPPORTUNITIES - to discover what truly makes their hearts sing

PLAY - the “work” of childhood

QUIET TIME - to recharge their batteries

RESPONSIBILITIES - to build self esteem and self confidence

SECURITY - feeling safe is essential for growth

TRADITION - keep the family tree alive and sprout new branches

UNCONDITIONAL LOVE - for who they are, not for what they do

VALUES - live yours and encourage them to find theirs

WORDS of ENCOURAGEMENT - “You can do it. I believe in you”

XOXOXOXO’S - hug and kiss them each and every day

YOU - your presence more than your presents

ZZZZZZZZ’s - a good night’s sleep

written by Meiji Stewart