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What Do Kids Really Need

Today I was searching for a more general overarching topic to cover, something to make both you and I step back and take a bigger look at parenting.  I did a Google search on the keywords in the title today – what do kids really need – and got a number of results.  I’ll write a little commentary after some of the more interesting results I found.

Do kids really need multivitamins? Heck, I don’t know.  Last year, we had someone home sick from school for nearly twelve weeks straight.  This year we had only a handful of absences from illness.  I don’t think we had vitamins either year, so I can’t be sure where to give credit for our good and bad luck.

Do kids really need homework? I don’t know where to go on this one.  I think excessive homework as “busywork” is totally unnecessary, but sometimes a little unfinished work at home isn’t a bad thing.  Plus I think take-home projects are done more creatively without so much constraint on time and a busy environment.  Talk to me sometime about the “very dramatic tale” home video my daughter made about the artificial heart.

Do kids really need their own hair gel? Umm…unless you have unruly hair with lots of natural curl, I might say no.  Of course, we wouldn’t have that problem with all the thin flat hair we have going on in our house.

Do kids really need preschool?
I don’t think it is absolutely critical for success.  But so many do go to preschool the expectations for kindergarten have been raised somewhat.  Might be more helpful if your child will  be one of the younger kids in the class, maybe to help with the routine aspect of school. But again, probably optional if you are able to do that at home pretty well.

One thing I saw that was pretty universal – kids DON’T need a lot more *stuff.* Clutter is something we face at home every day, as do many other families.

So what are your thoughts on what kids need?
Give me your humorous thoughts, your serious ideas, whatever you have.  It’ll be fun to read them all!

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What Do Kids Really Need

Erika Krull, MS, LMHP

Erika Krull, MS, LMHP is a practicing licensed mental health counselor in Nebraska.

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Krull, E. (2010). What Do Kids Really Need. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 13, 2020, from


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