Thinking About Infants and Young Children (Harris Meltzer by Martha Harris

By Martha Harris

This publication describes the various vital points of the improvement of babies and youngsters from start to varsity age. it really is illustrated through vignettes of scenes among mom and dad and kids and it touches on a few of the questions and emotions evoked by means of the serious emotional courting among mom and dad and youngsters.

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He acknowledged her real concern for the baby – little toddler, of course, as he was by this time – and pointed out what she already know – that you can’t bring up children without some frustration. He encouraged her to wean herself from the child. This she managed to do in a few weeks after her talk with the doctor, at the expense of one or two temper tantrums from Tommy over the immediate deprivations. She gained a much calmer relationship with him in the ensuing weeks, finding that he was less clinging and more sociable with other little children of his age when she took him out to visit friends.

Only then are you able to decide that this is a moment when baby is really upset and in need of mothering, or one when he could really manage on his own were he not so determined to prove that he has you at his beck and call. Setting limits is an aspect of discipline, but also something much wider and more important. It is one of the ways in which you help your infant on the way through childhood and adolescence to really find himself as an adult, with some confidence in his real qualities and some idea of what it is possible for him to do and to attempt.

But it is a means of expressing ambivalent feelings which he needs a chance to express before he can control them better. Forcing him to stop playing and to eat up at once causes resentment or obstinacy and doesn’t help him to come to terms with his feelings. Getting around by crawling and then by walking are landmarks in his history of growing independence. He can follow to see where we go, he can satisfy curiosity by going to touch the object he might have had to content himself with merely looking at before.

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