What Do Kids Really Need to Thrive?

1) Love

2) Self Care

3) Connecting with nature | “Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.” ~ Frank Lloyd Wright

4) Playing

5) Reading

6) Dancing (in the rain)

7) Traveling near and far

8) Jumping for joy

9) Tinkering

10) Risking - Life is a series of calculated risks. Everything that your kids decide to do has a margin of risk. No outcome is ever 100 percent certain and, therefore, any attempt at anything has a chance of complete failure. The biggest risk is not taking one! 5 Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Children Do - “The most effective way to keep children safe is to give them a little taste of danger.”

“…the more risks you allow children to take, the better they learn to take care of themselves. If you never let them take any risks, then I believe they become very prone to injury. Boys should be allowed to climb tall trees and walk along the tops of high walls and dive into the sea from high rocks… The same with girls. I like the type of child who takes risks. Better by far than the one who never does so.” ~ Roald Dahl, [My Year]

"Every child should have mud pies, grasshoppers, water bugs, tadpoles, frogs, mud turtles, elderberries, wild strawberries, acorns, chestnuts, trees to climb. Brooks to wade, water lilies, woodchucks, bats, bees, butterflies, various animals to pet, hayfields, pine-cones, rocks to roll, sand, snakes, huckleberries and hornets; and any child who has been deprived of these has been deprived of the best part of education." ~ Luther Burbank