Copyright 2023 Marline E. Pearson
Imagine you’re a child about to be born. You are making a wish list of the
needs and wants you hope your parents will provide. Make a list of what
you think a child might need or want at different stages of life—as a baby,
toddler, school-age child, teenager.
Think of all the things that would help a child. You can include material things—like the basics of food or shelter—but
also include social and emotional needs of children at different stages that would help a child grow up safe, healthy,
and happy. For example, what might contribute to a child’s physical health and foster their emotional health? What
helps a child’s self-esteem—feeling competent, confident, and good about themselves? What helps a kid succeed in
school? What helps a teenager stay on track and out of trouble? What behaviors and characteristics of parents help?
Consider anything and everything you can.
My Wish List of Wants and Needs
As a baby:
As a toddler:
As a school-age child:
As a teenager:
A Child’s Wish List
a child’s
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