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Annoying at any age
By Elaine Luti
Elaine is a Rome-based psychotherapist in who has been in private practice for more than 30 years.
Making holiday cookies and decorations, very much manual labor, can have significance deeper than the simple joy of their making.
Despite feminism and greater movement toward gender equality, a mother's role still lacks vital social (and financial) prestige.
Too many stories that play a critical role in therapy are based entirely on adult perspectives.
Playtime is vital to a child, since those deprived of it are likely to rush into adulthood thinking of relaxation as a bad thing.
The relationship between sports and kids gets dicey when the competition calls for relentless practice and ignoring pain.