your baby cries in order to communicate - please don't ignore her

I would love to see this article by a psychology professor at Notre Dame given to every new parent -- will you help me pass it along?

There's a biological reason why crying is so physically aversive and every nerve in your body longs to quiet and soothe a distressed child: warm attention, gentle touch, and compassionate empathy are exactly what humans need to grow and thrive.

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/moral-landscapes/201112/dangers-crying-it-out

An important caveat - if you are feeling anger or rage, or afraid you might harm your child, it's always best to put her down in a safe place and let her cry until you've calmed yourself down.

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