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By Sarah Schoppe-Sullivan
Ohio State University 

Worrying about being a perfect mother makes it harder to be a good parent


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(THE CONVERSATION) Even armed with a Ph.D. in developmental psychology, I remember the frightening first moments after bringing my newborn daughter home from the hospital. I wasn’t sure what to do – and not at all confident that I was capable of being the parent she needed me to be. Every little decision about feeding and caring for this helpless human seemed momentous and fraught with anxiety. What if I don’t make it a full year of breastfeeding? Should I turn off the TV...

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