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Children rely on their parents, teachers and other adults to care for them in many areas of life. In order to provide the best care possible we must understand the most important needs of a child. Along with their need for attention, shelter, and love, children require nutritional support, healthcare, education, and fun. 

Babies & Toddlers

The needs of a baby, or toddler are very important to their overall growth and development. 
A baby's nutritional and health needs really begin in their mother's womb. As they develop through the gestational period the mother should care for them by eating healthy foods, staying away from harmful things like alcohol and drugs, and receiving proper checkups to ensure the baby is healthy. Once the baby is born they need lots of attention and interaction with their parents; this provides the foundation for brain development and learning skills. They will also continue to need healthy foods, and medical care. Having their needs meet at a young age will make a big difference in how they continue to develop in later years.

Ages 5 to 12

The ages of 5 through 12 are the grade school ages. Your child is meeting new people and experiencing new things. These years will be the time in their lives where they first develop a feeling of independence, but they are still relying on the adults in their life to support their growth and development.
During these years the guidance of parents and teachers can be a positive influence that will cause your child to develop a love of learning that will stay with them through college and on into a successful adult life.  
Proper nutrition, healthcare, and time to relax and have fun are just as important as education when it comes to giving your child the best start in life.

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Teenagers

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Parenting a teenager can be a frustrating experience. The key to having a harmonious relationship with your child lies in how well you understand, and support them.
Knowing the kind of music they like, what activities they are involved in, and the names of their friends is a great start to understanding them. Being flexible and sharing an interest with them will help you to develop a bond.
The most important thing in being a parent is letting them know that you are always there for them, and that you love them. Providing support and letting your child know that you are behind them is vital to their development.