The 5 Critical Emotional Needs in How to Raise Emotionally Healthy Children is the foundation to help create an emotionally healthy divorce instead of an experience that can be extremely difficult for the entire family. In this article, Nicole Witt explains Dr. Newmark’s 5 Critical Emotional Needs that need to be met to maintain healthy relationships, including healthy post-divorce relationships.
It is so important for our children’s emotional health that the parents, whether together or not, maintain a peaceful and respectful relationship. Granted, it is always harder to achieve when the split– and the hurt–is fresh, but you can work toward a harmonious family life — even after divorce!
Today, I am going to talk about the 5 critical emotional needs that every person needs to have fulfilled in order to have productive and peaceful relationships. In his book How To Raise Emotionally Healthy Children: Meeting The Five Critical Needs of Children…and Parents Too! Updated Edition,
Gerald Newmark, Ph.D discusses these 5 emotional needs in relation to children, but as we are all just grown-up children, they can apply to adults as well and to any relationship.
When going through a divorce it is important to keep these needs of yourself, your ex, and your children in mind in order to have as peaceful an experience as possible.
1. The Need to Feel Respected
Respect is a word we throw around a lot. But if you ask someone to define what respect is, they may have a hard time coming up with a black and white definition. We tend to think of it as a “I’ll know it when I feel it” kind of thing. And we definitely know when we feel disrespected by others…Read More
About Nicole Witt, from her website:
My name is Nicole Witt and I am a Mediator and Conflict Resolution Specialist in Los Angeles, California. In 2004, I went through my own high conflict divorce. Things were so bad that one night during a phone conversation with my ex, the amount of tears I was crying actually fried my cell phone! Now – 8 years later – my ex, my son, my new husband, and myself actually find ourselves sitting down to dinner together fairly often for special events and after football games. It still amazes me that we have been able to come this far.
That is why I started this website – so you can be amazed too.