Saturday, January 1, 2011

"What Mothers Do" by Naomi Stadlen

An excerpt from an awesome book I have been reading:

(page 69) "Mothers sometimes feel they will 'spoil' their babies. They fear that their babies will manipulate them into coming 'just for attention,' and that they will grow into children who will expect their mothers to keep putting everything down for trifles. This doesn't seem to happen. If a baby is crying for attention, he seems to need it. If an older child has become manipulative, it is nearly always because he hasn't been able to get what he needs by more straightforward methods. Moreover, one can see how a baby who has been given attention when he cried for it develops into a generous child, who is sensitive to the feelings of other people."

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