Archive for August 31, 2012

Are Today’s Mothers Tyrannized by their Offspring?

There’s a popular theory these days that mothers are being tyrannized by their young. All the gains The Women’s Movement made in freeing women from men’s tyranny is now being undone by children, says the theory. Women are giving birth, then feeling compelled by guilt to chuck their careers in favour of full-time mothering. Breast feeding further enslaves the woman. Just as men once demanded that their wives stay home to look after the house and the well-being of the male, babies now keep mother at home sacrificing her career. Someone else can raise the babies, says this point of view. Young women should not give up their position in the work world just to nurse and raise their young. Read more

Oprah Winfrey Called

Back in June I told my story on the Oprah Winfrey Network. The producer told me it would go public in August. I’ve waited and waited. As I write this we’re half way through August and there’s still no publication date.

Finally I emailed OWN. My friends and neighbours were wondering when the heck we could see the filming. OWN replied that my story has probably been moved to January. Read more

Empathic Listening with Babies

Not long ago Abigail, my first grandchild came along to change my life.  Join me now for a typical “empathic listening” session with Abigail.

Abigail is searching for connection. Her eyes scan my face. She makes eye contact, looking intently into my face. I’m beginning to understand that she really wants to understand who I am. For my part I, too, want to share more of her inner life. The problem is she has no words and we humans depend on speech to reach out to one another. Or do we?…. I’m struck by the thought that just because she can’t say what she’s thinking doesn’t mean that a huge amount of observation and processing of information isn’t going on in her sponge-like new brain. Science tells us that babies are far more aware than we ever dreamed. Read more

Rights for Pedophiles?!

A new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) is nearing completion. It replaces the DSM4 and will be known as the DSM5. The DSM is the clinician’s Bible. It is structured to help psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and other mental health workers think more clearly about their patients and clients and figure out a diagnosis with which to guide their treatment. Read more