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Down at the beach in Ocean City, MD I was watching two families. The little girl was twirling around and around. She was about two. Down she went into the sand screaming with delight. She squished the sand through her finger - what a wonderful sensation. Round and round she whirled again and again moving farther away from her mother. She would stop and check to see if her mom was watching and she was. The sensory input from the birds, the ocean, the sunshine and the sand was wonderful.
Her mother got up and followed her little one. She even whirled around in the sand. She let the child lead her and each time they fell, they squealed with laughter.
The next mother had a 1.5 year old boy. They used chairs to gate him in and every time the child proposed to explore the mother would go and get the child and bring him back to the blanket. He would then begin to cry.
Both were attending to their child.
I want to ask you, which mother's technique was more geared toward the child and is that necessarily a good thing? What kind of upbringing may the mothers have experienced themselves?
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