However, all children have physical and emotional needs that must be met. In order to be a good mom, we must provide for these needs, and still take care of ourselves in the process.
First and foremost, there are certain biological needs such as food, water, and sleep that must be met before all others. A healthy diet and exercise benefit children in many ways. Not only does it reduce the risk of certain diseases later in life, it also helps with the growth and development of a child 's young body and can prevent obesity. Healthy habits started in childhood often carry into adulthood, so teaching children to eat healthy and exercise will help them to stay healthy throughout their life. Sleep is no less important than food and water, and a routine sleep schedule is needed for a child 's physical and mental well-being. According to Marc Wiessbluth, MD “ Sleep is the power source that keeps your mind alert and calm. Every night and at every nap, sleep recharges the brain 's battery. Sleeping well increases brainpower just as weight lifting builds stronger muscles, because sleeping well increases your attention span and allows you to be physically …show more content…
According to Pam Leo “ How we treat the child, the child will treat the world.” This is why giving our children what they need emotionally is so important. It helps to shape the adult they will become. Children need unconditional love and affection. The need to know that they are accepted without restrictions or stipulations. The connection shared with a parent can affect a child 's well-being physically, psychologically, socially, and emotionally. Affection is how we put action to our words and physically express our love. I’m not naturally an affectionate person, but I have seen it’s positive effects with my children. Giving my kids a hug or kiss to make them feel better, or just because I want to, goes a long way. It is one way that I give my children a much needed sense of security. Another way to give this security, is by providing a safe and secure environment. Since children have minimal control over their environment, they rely on us to create a place they know they are safe and secure, both mentally and physically. This security promotes trust, confidence, and independence. As children grow, they develop their own personalities and ways of thinking. Encourage it! Encouragement strengthens self esteem, motivation, and confidence. It shows acknowledgment and appreciation for certain thoughts, ideas, or actions. Praise and encouragement are extremely beneficial when children are trying new behaviors or learning new