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5 Ways to Nurture Your Child


Many parents are aware of the physical needs a child requires; food, shelter, clothing, etc. What many parents forget about is the emotional needs each child requires. If you are raising more than one child, then nurturing each child’s emotional needs may also be a challenge as every child is different. Today we want to help you survive parenthood with 5 ways to nurture your child:

Be Aware of Developmental Changes
With each stage of childhood arrives a new personality and new emotional needs that you weren’t familiar with at the previous stage in childhood. From birth up to around two years of age your child was easily nurtured with a hug and a kiss. As your child turns into a toddler, they want you to listen to them more, engage with them more often and demand more of your undivided attention. As toddlers become elementary aged children, they start to become individuals with their own opinions. The introduction to peers in school starts to create some developmental changes and emotional needs as well. Then you will enter the teen years where your child will still need to be nurtured yet won’t come out and ask for those needs to be met.

Being aware of developmental changes at each stage in childhood will allow you to have reasonable expectations and learn how to nurture them based upon their current stage of growth.


Set Limits and Guidelines
From the onset of parenthood your child’s emotional needs can always be met when you have a steady set of limits and guidelines implemented within the household.  As soon as your child starts to walk and talk you will need to be firm and consistent in the behaviors you expect. Not only will you need to be consistent in this area, but as your child gets older you should start to have weekly meetings with the children as a means to hear out their concerns in the household and work to ensure you are nurturing a healthy environment where they feel respected and trusted.


Open Communication
One household rule that should always apply is that the children should have an open say in what’s on their mind, how they feel about a situation or rule and what they want to discuss. Allowing for open communication from day one in your household allows for your child’s emotional needs to be nurtured in a way that promotes self-confidence and self-advocacy. Those are important traits to nurture in your child and continue to nurture as they get older.


Develop Healthy Habits
Nothing nurtures a child’s emotional well-being more than developing healthy habits in life. This can be eating habits and daily living habits. Guide your child from a young age to make healthy decisions so that their emotional needs will be easily nourished. Even as an adult we know healthy habits can boost our esteem and ability to be more open minded because our mind has been fueled on positive choices aka healthy habits.


Never Expect Perfection
The absolute best way to nurture your child is to never expect perfection. Placing a high importance on perfection versus teaching them to learn from mistakes will push major anxiety upon your child, which will eventually turn into lower self-esteem. You must nurture your child’s failures in a way that shows you care about them and that not reaching perfection isn’t the end of the world. Give compassion as often as possible when your child makes mistakes and help guide them forward when they are having a difficult time in life.

Let's discuss: Can you think of other ways you can nurture your child? 

Annmarie John
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  1. I do all of the above. So far I have a couple of pretty awesome little humans.

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    1. That's awesome! Happy to hear that they're pretty well adjusted.

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  2. Such great tips and things to always remember. Those healthy habits are major! Get those in routine now and your child will already have an amazing foundation!
    Karen | GlamKaren.com

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    1. Make sure that your kids get in a routine even when on vacation.

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  3. I do believe my sister is doing ALL of these things with her 1 year old :)

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    1. That's great to know! I'm happy to hear that.

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  4. figuring out this kind of stuff is always hardest with your first because you just don't know what kind of expectations to have. Great post.

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    1. That is true. I had the help of my parents when I had my first so it wasn't too bad.

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  5. I agree. You can nuture through listening to their opinion and suggestions, teaching them about manners and expressing your love!

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    1. You should always listen, after all they do have their own opinions too.

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  6. What great tips! I agree wholeheartedly with recognizing different stages of development in order to know what to expect. Kids need boundaries and more parents need to realize this!

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    1. I agree wholeheartedly, they do need boundaries and parents need to start acting more like parents and not friends.

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  7. I love this post. My two little girls are so fantastic and they teach me every day. Love those little crazies!

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    1. Awww you sound like a very proud mama indeed.

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  8. I agree with all. Open communication is my number one because I feel like being able to effectively communication as a person at any age is so important and sets one up for success in all walks of life.

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    1. Yes you do need to learn how to communicate. If you can't then how can you even hold a decent conversation.

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  9. Great tips for all parents. The last one is very important...parents have to understand their seemlying perfect child in their eyes will do some super imperfect things. Love and patience!

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    1. Oh no one is perfect and surely not your child. I had to realize that myself that my children had flaws, lots of them.

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  10. Perfection is just an illusion. There is no such thing. The only thing kids are perfect at is being themselves. :) Great post!

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  11. These are great. I'm good at setting limits but I need to remind myself that she is a kid and doesn't need to be perfect.

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    1. Oh yes you do. There are no perfect kids. Not one!

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  12. Great post. Nurture them often and from the heart. You can't go wrong.

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    1. You got that right. Thanks for stopping by.

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  13. Developing communication skills will both benefit you as you raise your child, but it is also a necessary skill for being a successful adult.

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    1. That is correct, you do need to know how to communicate successfully.

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  14. These are some great tips for any parents and each child takes to something different too!

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    1. I'm not exactly sure I understand what you're trying to say but I do understand great tips. :)

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  15. Listening to your child and paying attention to them is key. Nurturing is so important in growing a healthy and happy child.

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    1. Oh yes listening and paying attention most certainly is the key. A lot of people listen but they don't really pay attention.

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  16. It can be a challenge to really grasp how much a child changes, and how quickly they change from ages 0 to 5. I have to remind myself often about #1 - be aware of developmental changes.

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    1. Children change daily and my daughter at age 4 is a completely different child than she was at age 3.

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  17. This is a great post! My kids at 19 months and 4 so this is right on!

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    1. Thank you Melissa and thank you for stopping by.

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  18. I think about it a lot. Scarlet is such a personality and seven, and Des is a mellow four. I really try to celebrate their differences. It helps to look them in the eyes, take their whims seriously, and to "try" to get that amazing one on one time with them.
    It's hard sometimes!

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    1. Yes it can be hard. I have children at all different stages in life, the adult, the teenager, the pre-teen and the pre-schooler so I totally get it.

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  19. I can give my baby as much cuddles as I can to make her feel the love I have for her. I see you are doing great with it because your little lady is all smiles right now!
    Thanks for this post Annmarie!

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    1. You're very welcome Shirley, we all know how rare those smiles are even though she's a happy well adjusted little girl. :)

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