"What The Books Didn't Tell Me"

All the parenting books in the world were no match for a mother's instincts on how best to nurture her child.

Parental instinct trumps parenting books
I am a serious student of Parenting Theory. I collect parenting books the way a gourmet collects cookbooks. And I once presumed I had a fairly complete parenting tool belt. Then came Christopher, who arrived in our home a few months after his third birthday. I was already an effective parent to two children; why wouldn’t I do just as well with a third? What I didn’t know was that conventional parenting techniques are often ineffective when used on children ...

When Christopher joined our family at age three, I had to set aside my tried and true parenting methods in favor of the sort of nurturing he’d never known.

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