|Posted by Susan Bliss on May 31, 2010 at 1:59 PM|
I remember an incident that demonstrates the transfer of anxiety from parent to child. I heard my granddaughter crying downstairs. I waited to see if her parents could calm her. When her crying did not abate, I went down to help. I could clearly see the anguish and concern in her father's eyes as he held her, apparently feeling helpless. He asked me, "Why is she crying?" Quickly assessing the situation, I replied as I took the infant into my arms, "She is probably feeling your anxiey!" I felot calom and confident as I held her and her crying almost immeadiately stopped. I was right. She did need an environment and an adult who felt confident in caring for her needs. Of course, having raised five of my own, I had a little experience!