What Every Child Needs is . . . .
Fun - Take time to play and share the wonders of life with me.
Affection - Warm hugs will nurture me and make this world a much friendlier
Acceptance - Appreciate me for the individual I am, with all my unique gifts
Respect - Treat me like an important and valuable person, and I'll learn to
respect and humor myself and others.
Praise - Tell me all the things you appreciate about me so I'll know how
wonderful I really am.
Security - Give me boundaries that will allow me to grow safely, feel secure
and overcome my fears.
Honesty - Share your real feelings and admit your mistakes to me, so I'll
learn what it means to be a whole person.
Patience - Be understanding when I make my own mistakes; and
remember - even when it doesn't seem like it, I'm trying my best.
Forgiveness - Remind me that nobody's perfect and that it feels much
better to forgive than to hold a grudge.
Encouragement - Support me and be positive as I try new things and I'll
have the courage to keep exploring.
Openness - Listen to me and be open to what you may be able to learn
Love - If you care for me in all these ways, you will be giving me
the best life has to offer.
The First 5 Commission of San Diego County is committed to the vision
that all San Diego children will enter kindergarten "Ready to Learn".
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