The most fundamental emotional need of children is the need to feel loved. Other significant emotional needs are the need for security or safety, the need for self-worth or significance, the need to belong or be accepted, the need for productivity or accomplishment. When these needs are met children grow up to be healthy adults.
When these needs are not met, children grow up with many internal struggles which often follow them for decades. Each of us is leaving our children an emotional legacy. The legacy we leave depends largely on how we meet the emotional needs of our children. It’s a huge responsibility.