Mar 12, 2011

Thank you, Mothering.

"Human infants don't like physical distance. They like constant physical contact. They expect it. They need it. And they're totally content when they have it. But how do we learn to surrender to this fierce need when others warn us that we must teach our infants to sleep, to be independent—and certainly not to spoil them". Peggy O'Mara, "In Their Hands," Mothering, issue 85, Winter 1977


  1. I agree. DH and I believe in the fourth trimester...and we find that pretty much being around Austin and answering his "needs" and sometimes "wants" makes him a happier kid and in return, we're happier parents!

  2. I just don't understand the thought process behind making an infant be "independent"... they can't do anything for themselves and aren't able to comprehend why parents make them cry it out and be left alone. I definitely feel like I'm doing the right thing when I comfort her when she cries.


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