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Dad-to-be and Sympathetic Pregnancy

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Do you know what is the “couvade” syndrome? I didn’t know anything about it until I saw this article in, run by nutrition consultant Kathryn Flynn. It talks about men going through the same pregnancy symptoms as their pregnant wives. I personally think that it is great if a man’s empathy for his pregnant wife’s condition is to such an extent that he “literally” feels her pain and all her symptoms. Perhaps such men are few and rare, but truly remarkable.


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May 25, 2009 at 5:11 pm

Mothers’ talk is key to kids’ social skills

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A new study points to how mothers’ talking to their kids at a young age influences the development of their social skills later in childhood – “The communication of empathy is just about the most important thing you can do,” said Nancy Weisman, a psychologist in Marietta, Georgia, who was not involved with the study. “Every single moment of the day, you have situations in which you can teach this.”

I agree with the above statement since in these times of worldwide economic turmoil, terrorism, uncertainty, eroding civility and the breakdown of the traditional family system, “empathy” is one important quality that children can imbibe, which will prove to be a valuable social “survival skill”. At the root of many political, social and economic problems is a lack of empathy – an inability to see something from another’s point of view. And who better to teach that from childhood than one’s mother?

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May 19, 2009 at 3:25 pm

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