Our expert says:
Bad mothers NEVER fear that they are bad mothers. Kids cry - that's their vocabulary. And because it's a pretty crude language, generally indicating no more than dissatisfaction without any hints at what is wrong, it takes ANY mother, however caring and intelligent, a time to find out what's needed.
babies also often reflect the mother's mood, so if you allow yourself to feel awful for something you think you did less than perfectly, he may feel miserable just because you feel that way.
My old friend John Bowlby and others who specialized in the psychology of child development, very valuably wrote of the "Good Enough Mother". Fotunately, children do not need magnificant mothers ( though most of them are fortunate enough to have one ) - they need a mother who is good enough, and above the level of neglect. You're far above that level.
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