Wall Street Journal reveals the controversial reactions to research showing importance of mothers in the first 3 years of a child's life

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  • spaceseaturtle Livermore, CA
    Nov. 1, 2017 12:32 p.m.

    Babies are NOT born without a central nervous system. The central nervous system is comprised of the brain and the spinal cord. This article suggests that she was denied access to "liberal" media because of a political bias. It appears incredibly more likely that the media that denied her access just had a sliver of scientific integrity than political bias. It is disingenuous to paint those with liberal political views as viewing motherhood as unimportant.

  • HSTucker Holladay, UT
    Oct. 31, 2017 3:50 p.m.

    Let's face it: Motherhood is sexist.

  • a_voice_of_reason Woods Cross, UT
    Oct. 31, 2017 10:56 a.m.

    I have no idea about the validity of the medical/scientific theories that she has in her book. I don't have the knowledge to opine on that. However, I'm shocked she's getting pushback from anybody on the premise that mothers are critical to a baby's formative years. Really? Is this new information? A mother is everything to a 0-3 year old baby! I struggle to understand how that concept could be a political landmine...I thought it was common knowledge...like understanding the sun rises in the east...we all know that and we've known it for longer than history records.

  • IAlaw Council Bluffs, IA
    Oct. 31, 2017 10:17 a.m.

    @ Hutterite:

    I don't think anybody minds paid paternity leave (or maternity leave, for that matter). The problem is the paternalistic idea of forcing companies to provide such leave.

    Giving proper respect to motherhood does not require a nanny state. PayPal, for example, is a company that offers an extremely generous paid parental leave benefit, which they can afford, and which they do of their own volition. And I applaud them for that.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Oct. 31, 2017 9:42 a.m.

    "It should be no surprise that as we stand for God's truth surrounding motherhood, we invite opposition from the world."
    Really?
    Show me someone around here who 'stands for god's truth surrounding motherhood', and it's a pretty good bet I'll show you someone who loathes the idea of proper paid paternity leave.
    The importance of motherhood looks good on paper. After that, true feelings come out and all bets are off.

  • Justiciaparatodos Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 31, 2017 9:28 a.m.

    This is a no brainer. Obviously mothers should be with their young children during their formative years. It is just the liberalization women's movement who opposes the traditional role of women (and men).

    Another big reason our world is crumbling as we speak.

  • IAlaw Council Bluffs, IA
    Oct. 31, 2017 8:37 a.m.

    Mothers play a special and essential role in the development of children, and I think nature has made that pretty clear. Try as the world might to dismiss as old-fashioned and worn out the traditional view of motherhood and womanhood, the reality is that motherhood, to borrow Sheri L. Dew's words, "is woman's most sacred role."

    It's instructive that, of all the ways the first woman could have been described or introduced, it was by her exalted identity as "the mother of all living."

    It should be no surprise that as we stand for God's truth surrounding motherhood, we invite opposition from the world. Just like Elder Oaks said, in quoting the Savior: “If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, … the world hateth you.”