Employing nannies may send wrong message

Mothers who outsource the care of their sons to other women may be inadvertently raising adulterers. Or so claims Dr. Dennis Friedman in a book that has kicked up a bit of a ruckus in Britain, according to a story on Yahoo! News.

A Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Friedman argues that men become womanizers because their mothers left them with nannies.

According to Friedman, having two women care for a baby boy may cause his little brain to internalize the idea that there are multiple females to meet his needs.

“It introduces him to the concept of the other woman,” he said in London’s Daily Telegraph.

His book is named, “The Unsolicited Gift: Why We Do The Things We Do,” and it explores how a mother’s love for her offspring can determine how those children behave as adults. 

Girls are affected by nannies, too. Not having her mother around creates in the infant female a “vacuum of need,” said Friedman, which she might try to fill in later life with substance abuse or promiscuity, presumably with those married men in her social circle who were also raised by nannies.


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