One of the greatest challenges I faced in early motherhood was simply not knowing what my babies needed. Sure, their cries would tell me they needed or wanted something, but they were just too small to tell me what. I remember my husband and I discussing how we couldn’t wait until they could talk and just tell us what they needed.
Of course, that time came as they got older, but I’ve learned our children still have plenty of needs which they don’t know how to voice. Maybe you’ve experienced this too. You ask your crying and frustrated child what the matter is and they reply, “I don’t know.” This can be very frustrating. Surely they know why they’re upset right? No. They sincerely do not always know. Understanding our emotional needs and then having the ability to communicate those needs effectively is a sign of maturity some adults haven’t even developed. Certainly, this is a challenge for a child.
So, to hopefully put some words to those feelings and answer your questions about their unspoken needs, here are 10 things your children need from you that they don’t always know to ask for.
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