As we celebrate this month of love let us continue to show love, express love and be love. Children need love and not abuse. Every child deserves a chance to experience the ultimate, surpassing feeling of love.
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. Love does not dishonor others, love is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered and it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. Love always protects, trusts, hopes, and perseveres.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Children need love, as part of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, to explain motivation for behavior. The social needs in Maslow’s hierarchy include such things as love, acceptance and belonging. At this level the need for love drives human behavior. In order to avoid future problems related to loneliness, depression, anxiety, abuse, and human trafficking, it is important for children to feel loved and accepted.
According to Prevent Child Abuse America emotional abuse also includes “failure to provide the emotional nurturing necessary for a child’s psychological growth and development.” Failing to provide love, support or guidance is destructive to the healthy development of the brain, and the attachment needed to create strong parent-child relationships.
It takes a village to raise a child and we all are a part of this village. I challenge you to find a child among your village and show extraordinary love to them today.
So what’s love got to do with it? Click on link to find out https://youtu.be/BcYlA58E_ss
Jennifer Harrington MSW, LCSW
Trauma Focused Therapist
NC Trauma Bully, LLC