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An infant, according to Winnicott, doesn’t need a perfect or a selfless mother but just, in his famous phrase, a ‘good enough mother,’ which is to say, a flawed but empathetic maternal figure whose ‘ordinary devotion’ supplies the essential experience of mutual attachment.

And there you have it, my parenting philosophy in a nutshell.

Drawn from Life, Judith Thurman (via canwegohalfonababy)

(Source: georgiacostanza)

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