A suggestion for our country: Encourage and reward mothers to stay at home with their infants until they are at least 4, so that the baby’s conscience and emotions are developed. A noted and well-studied doctor says that babies need their mothers 24/7 in order to develop empathy and the notions of right and wrong. This would alleviate so many in prison, and may even save money by using resources more wisely.
Sure moms need money and find it easier to work in a structured environment, but they can do this after they have bonded with their babies and toddlers. I never regretted staying at home with my son even though I missed getting a paycheck. My son now is raising his son and setting limits on smart phone use. It is not a good idea to let youth have smart phones in their bedrooms, especially at night. My son says if his 16-year-old son wants privacy, he can move out and get his own place.
A giant benefit for stay-at-home moms: You are influencing how your grandchildren are being raised by setting limits on your child to begin with. Plus,, being a mother is something one never recovers from: the joys, agonies, laughter and tears.
Judith Schultz, Richland