What is your earliest memory?
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|Mon, 06-23-2003 - 8:34am|
And I always wonder, why the heck is it so important, when I personally cannot remember what my own bedroom looked like until I was around 5? As an infant, was I more calmed to see that mom had carefully matched the wall art to my room to my crib sheets? Or was it just more important that the appropriate bonds were made and that my needs were met? Recently, the topic of spanking children came up with my mom, and she told me that I had plenty of swats to the bottom between the age of 1 and 3, and after that, I did not need any at all. I don't remember a one. I have to wonder if that really even caused any kind of long-lasting effect on me.
On the flip side, I have to wonder if having been in dc for those same years would have really would have made me less shy for pushing the social part of it on me... or if I would have still become the socially inept, awkward individual that I grew up to become? As parents or child care providers, how much influence do we really hold?? If the constant influence, (parents) are consistently there throughout a lifetime, would those not be the major influences, rather than a dcp who did not go through her daily activities with the children in the same consistency for a few years? Would my adult self be that much different, if my childhood circumstances were not the same?