What a Child Needs

January 23, 2018


Urie Bronfenbrenner was a Russian-born, American psychologist, who is still known today for his theories regarding child development. He wrote books and communicated some amazing things about children. One of my favourite Bronfenbrenner quotes is, ‘Each child needs at least one adult who is irrationally crazy about him or her.’

Children need adults in their life who DELIGHT in them; whose eyes light up when they see the child,
adults who give the child their full attention when they want to tell their stories, adults who genuinely
care about them.

Some children come into our care who do not have any such adult in their life. Educators working in
childcare NEED to be the adult who is ‘irrationally crazy’ about each and every child under their care. You become the champion for those children.

Sure, it is natural not to ‘click’ with every child, but a quality educator will set that aside and make every
effort to genuinely connect. When I looked up GENUINELY in the dictionary and it read:
- in a truthful way
- to the fullest degree, properly

As educators, we have standards and frameworks that tell us what ‘properly’ looks like, but at the end of
the day, a quality educator is the person who will advocate for every child’s needs. A quality educator
knows that a child’s first need is attachment (relationship and connection) and how vital it is to be that
irrationally crazy adult in a child’s life.

(An excellent TED talk to view in relation to this article is Rita Pierson, Every Kid Needs a Champion:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzw_bEroAoM )

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