This book is a collection of papers written by Erna Furman, a child psychoanalyst who has had extensive experience working with children and their parents. In the introduction, Furman writes that colleagues, friends, and parents with whom she has worked often urged her to collect her various papers on mothering into one volume. Doing so, she says, served to integrate her own thinking. The professional setting that serves as a base for her clinical data is the Hanna Perkins Center in Cleveland. The center comprises the Hanna Perkins Therapeutic School for children 15 months to seven years of age; the Cleveland Center for Research in Child Development for children up to 18 years of age, which administers child analytic treatment; and the extension service for teaching and consulting with educators, child care workers, and mental health professionals.