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Being There

Nonfiction: Parenting
Unabridged   8.25 hour(s)
Publication date: 04/11/2017

Being There

Why Prioritizing Motherhood in the First Three Years Matters

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Audio CD ISBN:9781681685045
Digital Download ISBN:9781681685052


In this important book, veteran psychoanalyst Erica Komisar offers a provocative and compelling premise: a mother's emotional and physical presence in her child's life—especially during the first three years—means that her child has a greater chance of growing up emotionally healthy, happy, secure, and resilient.

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Compassionate and balanced, and focusing on the emotional health and well-being of children as well as that of the mothers who care for them, this book shows mothers and fathers how to give their children the best chance for developing into healthy and loving adults. Based on more than two decades of clinical work, established psychoanalytic theory, and the most current and cutting-edge neurobiological research on caregiving, attachment, and brain development, the book explains:

  • - How to establish emotional connection with a newborn or young child—regardless of whether you're able to pause your career to stay home

  • - How to select and train quality childcare if necessary—and how to ease transitions and minimize stress for your baby or toddler

  • - What's true and false about widely held beliefs like "babies are resilient" and how to combat feelings of post-partum depression or boredom

  • - Why three months of maternity leave is not long enough—and how women and their partners can take control of their choices to provide for their family's emotional needs in the first three years


"Being There is a terrific and very timely book that is much needed as our country is dealing with an epidemic of emotionally troubled children, adolescents, and mothers." —Thomas McInerny MD, FAAP, Past President of the American Academy of Pediatrics

"Being There is a courageous, bold and invaluable book that challenges us to consider our roles as mothers. Erica Komisar has written a beautiful book that pushes the reader to consider how to be the best possible mother she can be while supporting her through the process." —Carly Snyder, M.D., Host of the weekly radio show MD for Moms

Author Bio

Erica Komisar, LCSW is a clinical social worker, psychoanalyst and parent guidance expert who has been in private practice in New York City for the last 25 years. Erica is a psychological consultant bringing parenting and work/life workshops to clinics, schools, corporations and childcare settings.