The Other Quiet Mom

October 15, 2014 2:41 PM

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The Other Quiet Mom

So the next time you are having lunch with friends and the talk turns, as it often does, to what your kids are doing and the kvelling [bragging] begins -- one of the moms is happy that her daughter aced the SATs, the other's son just got into law school, a third mom glows about her daughter's engagement -- and you see that one of your friends around the table is sitting silently, fiddling with her drink, just waiting for that part of the conversation to pass? Consider that quiet mom. She loves her son or daughter just as much as you do. Smile at her, and ask how her child is doing. She may need to do a different kind of kvelling.

Wolf's words really resonated with me as a psychologist and parent of a child with a learning disability. But I found the phrase "the quiet mom" returning to me for several days for another reason. As some of us know far too well, there's more than one type of quiet mom to consider. The quietest mom...

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