When I was a child, I was constantly around childcare givers who each had their own unique opinions about the proper way to raise a child. Ignore a baby when they cry or else you'll spoil them, don't tickle a baby and make them laugh too much or else you'll make them stutter, hold a baby in the air first by their arms and then their legs to stretch them out and make them grow... These were some of the wives tales I heard growing up.

In my elementary years, my mother spent a good portion of her life as a child care provider in a daycare. I remember spending lots of time at her job after school everyday. It was through the various locations of my upbringing that I first heard the idea that you should not pick a baby up when they cry.

Aunts, grandmothers, great-grandmothers, god-mothers etc, were also a part of my own personal child rearing. They were also responsible for the rearing of other children in the neighborhood as well. The one thing we all had in common was that we were all raised to honor these wives tales whether we agreed with them or not.

Growing up, I often witnessed the ignored cries of babies, to the point where the cries became inaudible. I promised myself that when I had a child of my own, I would never allow my baby to just cry. The idea itself seemed unnatural to me...neglectful even. I said I'd come running to their aid for even the slightest whimper.

Check out this video which, in my personal opinion, basically proves what I already knew.

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