By: Susan Patton for TheBump.com
Photo Credit: Thinkstock / The BumpThis is the final of the five part guest blog series by Susan Patton, a.k.a. "The Princeton Mom," who found fame (and a recent TIME 100 nomination) from her controversial views on marriage in her book, Marry Smart. While you may not always agree with her, you'll definitely want to hear her (often surprising!) stance on parenting's hottest topics.
One of the greatest things you can give your children is the gift of self-reliance. It will stand them in good stead their whole lives. When you help your baby learn to self-soothe, you are laying the foundation for a self-sufficient child.
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Okay, first let's be clear about what sort of crying we're talking about. If a baby is hungry, cold or in pain, they will cry, and they need your attention. Obviously, a tiny infant can't feed himself, reach the pacifier he spit out, or help himself if his little arm somehow gets stuck in his crib. Those kinds of cries are usuallyRead More »from The Princeton Mom Thinks Crying it Out is Best for Baby — Do You Agree?