Last updated on Jun 21st, 2021 at 04:49 pm

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6. Permission to be little

NEED: Freedom to be silly. To grow up naturally and enjoy the playful, happy days of childhood. Dress up. Make believe. Giggles. ALL. GOOD.

DON’T NEED: To be babied. To be allowed to cling to childish ways in order to get attention or to get their way.

7. Encouragement to grow up

NEED: Increasing responsibilities and gentle nudges to gain independence.

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DON’T NEED: Too-high expectations. To feel pressure to see, do, or understand things that their little brains aren’t ready for.