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The Ferbering of America

The Ferber Method of childrearing encourages parents to let their kids cry it out. The idea is to build resilience and prevent children from relying on external validation.

Ideally, this controversial method ends in childhood. But in America, we seem obsessed with resilience, to the point that we consider accepting help to be weakness. We have fetishized a harsh, unforgiving reality in which crying is good and comfort…



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Rachel Wayne

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