Marie Rose Moro

Loving Your Children Publication date : February 8, 2007

Many professionals working in child psychology argue that in the Western world children receive either too much or not enough love. There is no happy medium: children are either smothered by excessive care and anxiety, which prevents them from constructing themselves, or they are neglected, for reasons such as lack of time and availability, when it is well-known that without love a child cannot grow up and develop properly.
So what should this love be? How can parents strike the right balance, between too much and not enough love? What can they do in specific terms? These are the questions that Marie-Rose Moro addresses.
How do parents and children in non-Western cultures deal with these questions?

The examples given here from both Western and non-Western cultures illustrate the complexity of a feeling that is regarded as universal: the love of one’s children.

The author’s analysis, based on direct observation, incites the reader to re-examine the parent-child relationship from a less idealistic, less theoretical standpoint and to take a more concrete, sensitive and open approach.

Marie-Rose Moro is a child psychiatrist and psychoanalyst with an ethno-psychiatric approach. She is a professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Paris-XIII and the director of the department of child and adolescent psychopathology at Hôpital Avicenne, in Bobigny, in the Paris suburbs. A consultant for Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) for more than fifteen years, she is also the scientific director of the magazine L’Autre and the author of more than fifteen books, including Psychothérapie transculturelle des enfants de migrants.