American Motherhood Volume 23

American Motherhood Volume 23

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ...always within reach. Let her step from his side, and a howl was the result. Each day the cries were heard, even though those of the day before had been unsuccessful. We sometimes think that even yet we are struggling against the effects of that one day's indulgence. For several weeks he will be perfectly content playing alone; then suddenly he will get the notion that some one should be devoting herself to him, and a tempest of tears results. The rule is, however, that he must not be taken up when crying, and that rule is rigidly adhered to. Sometimes it becomes necessary to use strategem to get him quiet in order that he may be taken up, in which case his attention is diverted and smiles brought to the little face before he is lifted in loving arms. Another unbroken rule is that he must have nothing given him from the table. He is fed before we sit down to the table, so that he is not hungry. Then he is put in his jumper, --where he can see us and feel himself a part of the family gathering. A hard roll is given him, and this he sucks and nibbles on, watching us intently, laughing at every joke, and sometimes making some of his own, in his own language. Of course he reaches out his hands for things at the table, asking for them in his pretty, pleading way. But they are not given him, for to give him even harmless things would be to encourage him in the idea that he can expect something from the table every time, and that would not be a desirable state of affairs. His pleadings soon stop, as they are without avail, and he turns his attention in other directions. Were his wants met once or twice, such a happy state of affairs would soon become impossible. I have heard it characterized as cruel to put a baby to bed and leave him to cry...
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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 18mm | 585g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123678457X
  • 9781236784575