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07/29/2013 11:47 am ET

Confessions of a Mother Who Couldn't Say 'No'

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When my first child was an infant, the doula handed me an article that championed benign neglect. Children, the article proposed, need to be left to their own devices to work things out. Parental intervention at every little grunt discourages resilience. This made sense, so I tried. Really hard. At least until I thought the baby needed me. And then I picked that baby up.

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