The following is lifted from Facts for Life, Philippine National Edition, published by the Philippine Information Agency in cooperation with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
Supporting Information on Child Growth
8. Talking, playing and showing love, are essential for a child’s physical, mental and emotional growth
In addition to physical needs, the child aso has two other needs wich are vital to his or her mental and emotional development.
– The need for attachment
All children need a close, sensitive and loving relationship with the adult or adults who care for them.
From the very first day of life, an infant is capable of giving and receiving affection and building a relationship. This relationship, and the feeling of being loved and wanted, is vital to the inner development of the child. It is the basis for the development of the child’s sense and security, confidence, and the ability to cope well with other people’s and the world at large.
From the consistent words and actions of parents, a child gains a feeling of security, learns what is expected in human relationships, and develops a clear sense of what is right and wrong.
Anger and violence in the child’s family are damaging to the child’s inner development.
The relationships established very early in life help to set pattern for relatiohips in adult life.
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