This may sound cynical, but bear with me. When someone pays you to help a child, you’re a good psychologist. When you try in vain to help a child, and then the child succeeds in spite - not because - of your help, you’re a good mother. I feel qualified to make this distinction because I’ve been both psychologist and mother.
I often hear parents ask, “When should my baby start walking?” To begin with, “should” is a word that we should outlaw when it comes to babies! The important milestones in a baby’s life - such as walking and talking - occur at completely different times for each baby. Independent walking, like many other milestones, has a wide range of normal.
She says she’s pregnant, but you don’t see the changes right away. Within a few weeks, her nausea and fatigue are followed by what you might perceive as ‘weight gain,’ but really, it’s her pregnancy. And what about the baby? Well, most parents say that the baby does not feel ‘real’ to them until the baby is born.
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