10 Simple Things Every Child Needs
Interaction: Spend time watching me and responding to my cues. It tells me I'm important and special to you
Loving Touch: Cradle me, hold me, give me lots of hugs. It keeps me calm and comforts me and gives me courage to move on.
Stable Relationships: I need someone special to be there when I call. When I look around and see you I know I can go far.
Safe Healthy Environment: Plug the outlets, block the stairs. Use a carseat.
Self-Esteem: I can do it, yes I can, if you tell me so. Pay attention, give me praise and watch me go, go, go.
Quality Child Care: When you're gone I need to be with people you can trust to help me grow and teach me new exciting stuff.
Communication: Our little conversations mean a lot, even when I don't talk much.
Play: Play is fun, play is work. It is how I learn the ropes. When we play together you help me more than you know.
Music: 1, 2, 3 sing to me and make up silly tunes. Music is a special time that's fun to share.
Reading: Read to me, show me books, write my stories out in words.
Summarized from the Ounce of Prevention & McCormick Tribune Foundations video "10 Things Every Child Needs"