Good Enough

From the work of Donald Winnicott, the good enough parent allows their child to grow at its own pace, supporting when necessary. Giving the child a feeling of being gently supported rather than dropped. This allows the child to feel in control while growing into a position of autonomy at its own pace.

In the beginning the mother presents things to the child, the child does not realise that these things exist other than when he cries for them. Gradually the child comes to realise that these things do have an existence outside of him or herself and can form an understanding of the world as an objective reality, “me” and “not me”.

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