Earlier this year, Erica Komisar released a book titled, “Being There: Why Prioritizing Motherhood in the First Three Years Matters.” It has since been met with opposition, according to The Wall Street Journal.
“Christian radio stations ‘interviewed me and loved me,’” Komisar told The Wall Street Journal, which continues to paraphrase in an article published last week. “She went on ‘Fox & Friends,’ and ‘the host was like, your book is the best thing since the invention of the refrigerator.’ But, ‘I couldn’t get on NPR,’ and ‘I was rejected wholesale — particularly in New York — by the liberal press.’ She did appear on ABC’s ‘Good Morning America,’ but seconds before the camera went live, she says, the interviewer told her: ‘I don’t believe in the premise of your book at all. I don’t like your book.’”
Using medical research, Komisar’s book shows the importance of mothers in the lives of the children, specifically in the baby’s first three years.
For example, Nom Tottenham, a neuroscientist for Columbia University says that “babies are born without a central nervous system” and “mothers are the central nervous system to babies.”
“What does that mean?,” The Wall Street Journal asks before answering with Komisar’s words. “Every time a mother comforts a baby in distress, she’s actually regulating the baby’s emotions from the outside in. After three years, the baby internalizes that ability to regulate their emotions, but not until then.”
Read more about Komisar’s research and the reactions to it here.