Time was when we had tradition and extended families to take care of a new mothers teething troubles. Now the nuclear family is thrown into the suburban jungle without a child care compass and we are expected to find our way alone.
Because this situation is so new in our evolution most people have not realised its implications. That is why a man who remembers his mother as a ministering angel may not appreciate the stress his wife is under.
Imagine how you would feel after a major abdominal operation (if she has had a Caesarean section) or even just stitches in your seat; being woken between three and 10 times a night (a well known form of torture) after being on the go all day carrying buckets of water, doing the laundry, producing milk (it takes a great deal of kilojoule energy); changing nappies, wiping possets of sour milk; in between cleaning a house and making supper, while worrying herself silly wondering if she is doing the right thing for your child . . .
Until recently mothers had no doubts about the handling of their children they did as their mothers did, while blissfully ignorant of bogeys like psychological trauma and the advantages of early mental stimulation … But things are different today, and far more is expected of parents.
No wonder she is crying. If you give it some thought you will not say: I dont before you .. . and you will ignore the burnt toast and dust on top of the fridge. Come to think of it, you could be making the toast. And remember she probably finds smelly nappies just as revolting as you do. So lend a hand and tell her you think she is great. It is the one thing that will give her the confidence she needs to help her relax, and after that all else should follow.
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