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October 4, 1990

Depth

Summary

I wondered if I was cut out for motherhood, a role that seemed to demand so much that was foreign to me.

February 18, 1990

Fostering Appreciation in Children

Summary

Appreciation. Everybody craves it but often we treat it as a scarce commodity, hoarding it to ourselves. It doesn’t take the mother at home long to realize how much our culture undervalues her contribution to society.

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October 10, 1989

What About You?

Summary

Raising children is not an evasion of the realities of the adult world; neither is it an indulgent exercise in ego gratification. But it can be a sure avenue for personal growth and development, a spiritual discipline of a unique kind.

March 29, 1989

Keeping House

Summary

My mother was a good mother, but she didn’t really believe in keeping house. She had grown up in a family of New York bohemians who believed that a clean house was the sign of a wasted mind. Keeping house was viewed as an exercise in futility which, ultimately, it is.

April 25, 1986

Am I the Manager or the Maid?

Summary

When I was a child, I didn’t know anyone who wanted to be a maid when she grew up.

... I don’t want to be a maid now any more than I wanted to be one when I was young. And I’m beginning to learn that I don’t have to be one. With a change in perspective, I can be a manager instead.

February 18, 1986

The Bad Days

Summary

In the not-so-distant past, even mothers who were unable to hire help or did not have family living nearby were usually able to take a cheap, easy break called "Go outside and play."

February 15, 1986

Cloudy Days

Summary

A mother reflects on 'cloudy day' moods.