Category: Motherhood

Mother Baby Separation after Birth

At what age can human babies be safely separated from their mother? What does nature have to say on this topic? Puppies are not supposed to be separated from their litter and mother before they are two months old; they may become aggressive unruly adult dogs if separated too early Fawns stay by their mother …

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Ask Dr. Ada: Crying at School Drop Off

crying at school drop off

Dear Dr. Ada: I have a 4, soon to be 5-year-old, the oldest of 3 kids, who has been going to the same preschool for 3 years (since he was 2). EVERY SINGLE MORNING, without fail, no matter who takes him to school, no matter how early or late we get there, he cries for …

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Ask Dr. Ada: Co-Sleeping Toddler

Co-Sleeping Toddler

Dear Dr. Ada: My 4-year-old son wants to sleep with me, bugging me night after night, and saying that he will marry me. Do I need to worry? Response: There is nothing to worry about this early childhood boyish wish; it is quite common. Hug your son and gently tell him that you love him …

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Ask Dr. Ada: Competitive Siblings

Competitive Siblings

Dear Dr. Ada: My 6-year-old daughter is very competitive with my 5-year-old son. She always wants to be first, and he is very gentle and always gives in to her. How should I handle this situation? Response: Find out from your daughter’s teacher how she is doing at school. If she has no difficulty with …

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Ask Dr. Ada: How Long to Stay Home with Baby

Stay at Home with Baby

Dear Dr. Ada: How long should I stay at home with my baby before returning to my full time work in a law office? Response: Ideally, a parent should stay home with a child for the first 2 to 3 years of life. This period is important for establishing a secure sense of attachment between …

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Should Every Woman Become a Mother?

My short answer to this question is “no”. Not every woman should become a mother. One first needs to be ready for this all-encompassing, exhilarating, and life-giving experience. This answer, however, is not written in stone. It is fluid, subjective and prone to change. A woman who is not ready for motherhood at one point …

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Is Marriage Necessary?

With about a third of US children born every year to unwed mothers, is marriage necessary? Many young adults are asking themselves, “Why marry now? What’s so important about the marriage ceremony and certificate?” Especially when the social stigma of cohabitation and single parenthood are virtually gone. Arguments Against Marriage Middle-class men are apparently fearful …

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Daycare’s Illusion

Daycare's Ilusion

Preschoolers thrive on continuous individual relationships in a warm, stimulating environment. Spending long days in a daycare center is not the optimal environment for their development. A few hours – two to three times a week – beginning around age three, in a good center or preschool, will offer social and intellectual enrichment for children. …

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A Mother’s Job Description

A mother's job description

What is a mother’s actual job description? Why should a young, healthy, and energetic woman, often highly educated and professionally experienced, stay home for a few years with a new baby? Are the first two to three years of a child’s life worth a mother putting her own career and personal interests on hold? In …

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