What Children & Adolescents Need to Feel Loved by Dr. Munn Saechao, child & adolescent psychotherapist in Mountain View, CA and online therapist for professional women of color.

Children and adolescents experience love when we create clear, consistent and concise boundaries for them. In fact, children and adolescents need these boundaries in order to develop self-control and a moral compass.

Predicability allows children and adolescents to feel safe. When children experience safety, this allows them to express curiosities, explore their interests and talents, show vulnerabilities and learn from mistakes, thus allowing them to develop into healthy adults. 

High yet reasonable expectations accompanied with access to resources allow children and adolescents to be challenged, and develop perseverance, motivation, and agency, which are internal tools necessary for children to reach their full potential.

Remember, we show love to our children when we give them what they need, and that is boundaries, predictability, and setting high yet reasonable expectations for them.

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Disclaimer: The content in this post is only intended to increase your knowledge on parenting and child development; it is not online therapy. If you’re concerned about your child’s immediate safety please call 911 and consult with a licensed clinician about any clinical symptoms you are observing in your child.