Earlier this year author and New York psychoanalyst Erica Komisar published a book called Being There: Why Prioritizing Motherhood in the First Three Years Matters.
In the book Komisar highlights the critical role moms play in the first three years of a child’s development. She also shows the devastation caused when a child’s mother is absent.
For example, Komisar notes that from 2011 to 2012 the number of children diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder rose to 19%, and that nearly one in four children will be diagnosed with a mental disorder before the age of 18.
Komisar says the cause of the problem is simple: “The essential presence of a mother is missing” from the lives of these children.
Komisar is essentially echoing what we and many others have said for years: Kids need a mom and a dad.
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Jerry is the founder and president of Family Council. He began Family Council in 1989 after a successful effort to amend the Arkansas Constitution to prevent the use of public funds for abortions. He and his wife reside in Little Rock. They have four sons.