You see, in an attempt to meet my toddlers needs, every time he asked for my attention while I was trying to do something, instead of continuing with my task while meeting his needs, I would quickly give up, thus teaching him that nothing I do is as important as he is. That might sound like a nice thing to do, but it was not only giving him an unrealistic view of the world, but it was also giving him a role model who had no pride in her work. A role model who did nothing interesting to observe, but cook and clean and focus entirely on her child. In essence, although I hadn’t started out this way, I was becoming more and more child centred, and my own needs were no longer being met.
Thoughtful article with an update at the end.