Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Making Sure Every Child's Needs are Met

When you have a lot of children, it can happen in an instant-- you somehow overlook something your child is needing. It's not intentional in any way, but sometimes it just happens no matter how hard you try.

Over the years, I've gotten pretty good at recognizing when and what my children need. I'm not really talking about physical needs, unless they need more snuggles, but more emotional needs. A child's needs are always changing and each child's needs are different. It can be hard to keep up with it all and it's very demanding. You don't want any of your children to miss out or end up harming your relationship with them because you missed something they needed.

Making sure every child's needs are met is an important part of their childhood. You are their comfort, their safety, and their support. One week, your child man need a little extra help with the self confidence, while another child is struggling with a medical issue. Now, multiply that by another child needing a little more hugs and comfort than usual and another child needing a lending ear and added support to deal with a problem at school. Then, in the blink of an eye, it all changes and now you're left scrambling to make sure one child is getting the extra mommy time they need as another child needs to understand the voice or reason.

It's a constant, yet absolutely essential, juggling act to make sure every child's needs are met when raising a large family. All too often I see parents, even parents with one or two children, overlook what their child desperately needs. You can always see it in their eyes, facial expressions and the way they carry their self.

Sometimes, all it takes is a lending ear and a few words of encouragement to help them work out a questions or situation at school. It's not easy being a kid in today's society. Now more than ever, kids are having to deal with bullies, confusion, questions before their age and so much more.

Make sure you're there for your children every step of the way. No matter if it's an extra hug or supporting a new goal. Always be there for your children.

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