Maternal ambivalence: Why we can feel both love and hate for our children

An excited Zoe, 16, is dressed and ready for her best friend’s long awaited birthday party.

She’s wearing a new dress (her dad thinks it is a little too tight), high heels and make-up. She’s so excited she can’t eat her dinner – but solemnly promises her mother, Bella, that at the party, she will not drink any alcohol, avoid the “bad girl groups” and call for a lift home by 11pm.

Dr Margo Lowy

Maternal Ambivalence
New Book ‘The Maternal Experience: Encounters with Ambivalence and Love’ out now!

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