Love Is Not Enough: The Treatment of Emotionally Disturbed Children

Love Is Not Enough: The Treatment of Emotionally Disturbed Children

Love Is Not Enough: The Treatment of Emotionally Disturbed Children

Love Is Not Enough: The Treatment of Emotionally Disturbed Children

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In recent times, a great deal of the research findings and popular writings in the field of child psychology, child rearing, and psychotherapy have been placing undue stress on such general problems as nursing and education to cleanliness, as if the core of the matter were how often a child is fed or when, exactly, his education to cleanliness is begun or achieved. Certainly we are going through a healthy reaction against antiquated, authoritarian methods of child rearing, and the imposing of rigid schedules that run contrary to a child's desires. But today parents are also told to give love to their children, as if anybody can give what be does not possess, or as if a mother who loves her child needs to be told to do so.

Things only become complicated if we ask what exactly we mean when we talk about "love." Is it really just cuddling and the much discussed "parental approval," or is it a less dramatic willingness to go to some trouble in answering the child's spoken or unspoken needs? Through this book-length discussion of how we handle everyday happenings with the child as they occur, events large and small, we hope to show some of the things that are needed in addition to love in order to raise children successfully in our present day complex environment.

Modern living conditions have made it much more difficult for parents to create a setting in which both their own legitimate . . .

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