How Mothers Love: And How Relationships Are Born

How Mothers Love: And How Relationships Are Born

by Naomi Stadlen


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Mothers describe falling in love with their babies and then, more slowly, learning to understand them. Children flourish when their mothers love and understand them.
For over 20 years, Naomi Stadlen has listened to hundreds of mothers talking at her weekly discussion groups. In 'How Mothers Love' she offers unique insights into how mothers and babies learn to communicate intimately with one another.
When adults relate to one another, they are building on the foundations usually laid down by their mothers. 'How Mothers Love' is a study of how mothers start to build those foundations and covers areas such as: how to create emotional 'space' for your unborn child; how to maintain a close relationship with two or more children; the transformation into motherhood and your role as a mother in wider society.
By sharing the experiences of other mothers, Naomi Stadlen offers reassurance and support to all new parents as they navigate the highs and lows of the early years with their babies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780749952198
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 09/01/2015
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Naomi Stadlen has unique experience of listening to mothers. For over 20 years, she has run a weekly discussion group - Mothers Talking - which meets at the Active Birth Centre in London. She is a qualified psychotherapist and also a mother and grandmother.

Table of Contents

With thanks vi

Author's note vii

Introduction 1

1 Making heartroom 10

2 House-room without heartroom 29

3 'I don't know' 40

4 Keeping in touch 54

5 Shadows of Truby King and Freud 75

6 Keeping in mind 85

7 When the candle burns low 111

8 'Am I holding him back?' 122

9 Learning to "take turns 135

10 'I can't do intimacy' 158

11 Turning into parents 189

12 Intimacy with two 218

13 Family relationships 243

14 'Athenian' or 'Spartan'? 267

15 Mothers together 286

Notes 311

Bibliography 327

Index 335

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