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PSYCHOLOGICAL PROBLEMS HELP FOR PARENTS "A knowledge of the principles of the mental development of children is an important help to bring up healthy individuals who in their turn can build up a healthy community" said Mrs. Eva Fischman, in one of her series of talks at Free Kindergartens. People she said were at last realising that mental health was as important as physical health. Medical advice was so often sought to prevent or cure physical disabilities, but psychological difficulties were neglected. Child training, said the speaker, was most important, especially in the first six. years, as it was then that the foundations of lifd were laid. Knowledge of children was not gained by instinct just because one was a mother. The child had to be studied objectively. Feeding difficulties and later digestive upsets were often due to faulty handling at weaning. A child who still had a bottle at two or three years, might form too great an attachment to the mother and was likely to play up at meals when at home, but quite good when away. Thumbsucking was often due to lack of companionship or loss of contact with the mother when weaning started. Another point was that too high standards regarding cleaniness and regular habits should not be set. Over-emphasis on such matters could cause serious upsets in later life, including constipation, and frigidity in women or impotency in men. Jealousy, the problem of the new babv, childhood fears, lie-telling, sex education were al discussed by the spsskcr. Attention was drawn to the Family Guidance Centre which had been established by the Family Planning Association to assist parents in a greater understanding of their children's problems.

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CHILD TRAINING, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 165, 14 July 1945

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CHILD TRAINING Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 165, 14 July 1945