Ukelele and her new doll by Clara Louis Grant, Campbell Grant

By Clara Louis Grant, Campbell Grant

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This restraint is not experienced as weakness, but as inner strength, because the authority person knows in his heart that he will deal with the problem later on. ” There is a positive undertone to this response, for the child has discovered that the parent has continued relating to him. In this way the experience of authority, for both child and adult, changes from that of a fleeting confrontation to that of a continuing presence. A 14-year-old girl noticed that her father had the habit of consulting the book, “Parental Presence” (Omer, 2000) after clashes with her.

Maternal supervision fluctuates continuously, from a state of relaxation when the mother can be occupied with other things, to a state of alertness, where the mother senses the baby’s warning signs and moves in closer, to a state of action, where she steps in to protect her child. These fluctuating states of vigilant care also are evident as the child grows. When parents bring their children to the playground, take them for a walk, or help them learn how to ride a bike, their levels of attentiveness, presence, and protection change constantly.

Dan’s parents told him that the deduction from his allowance had been lowered to 15%, so that he could resume going out with his friends without embarrassment. At this point the therapy sessions with the parents ceased, but the therapist was on call if needed. After eighteen months, the parents sent the therapist a letter with an invitation to Dan’s Bar Mitzvah. They said that the atmosphere at home was much improved. During the entire period, there had been no incidents of vandalism or physical violence.

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