On propping babies up – and a Magda Gerber quote

“Putting babies into any position they cannot get into or out of by themselves is helplessness training…. Propping babies to sit, supporting them to stand, and holding them to walk is more than helplessness training. Physically, it forces babies to use musceles and skeletal structure not yet ready for the task, but emotionally the cost may be even higher. As Magda Gerber so succinctly puts it, “How must it affect infants when what they can do is not appreciated, and what they cannot do is expected?(p.48)

Ref: Pennie Brownlee Dance with me in the Heart; The adults’ guide to great infant-parent partnerships c2008 New Zealand Playcentre Federation.Christchurch

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This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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