15. View of the World
A baby’s very first perception of the world occurs through the bond, or lack thereof, with it’s mother.
If a baby’s needs are immediately met and it receives gentle and generous care, the child naturally begins to view the world as a good place. After all, a baby is fed when it is hungry, changed when it is dirty and snuggled when it is tired.
On the other hand when a baby is neglected, the world is a harsh and scary place as it is not capable to care for itself. This first perception can affect how a child views the world on a fundamental level and can affect it for the rest of its life.
14. Mom Always Knows
Love and bonding are not the same thing. Bonding takes effort before eventually becoming instinctual while love is a feeling.
A mother’s instinct that develops while her child is a newborn is not just useful when the child is an infant. Since a mother is so intimately acquainted with the needs and wants of her newborn, she is able to discern the physical and emotional state of the child more accurately than anyone else.
For example, a mother can almost immediately tell if her child is hurt by the type of cry or by the way it is behaving. Typically until a child hits the teenage years and becomes more emotionally separated from its parents, a mother can usually discern its emotional state.