Putting Tears in Perspective

In our society, children, even babies, are viewed with suspicion. Rather than trusting that their cries signal a need, we are told that they are manipulating us. Liefloff continues, saying that “Babies have, indeed, become a sort of enemy to be vanquished by the mother. Crying must be ignored so as to show the baby who is boss, and a basic premise in the relationship is that every effort should be made to force the baby to conform to the mother’s wishes.” (p.49). In this relationship, there is no trust. The mother no longer trusts herself, and she certainly doesn’t trust the baby to know his own mind. Saddest of all, the baby soon learns that its mother cannot be trusted to fulfill his needs.

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