Category Archives: Mothering

Parental Anxiety and Children’s Wings

  My mother’s combination of fearlessness, faith in God, and experience with 5 younger brothers made her wonderful mother of 5 boys. She didn’t worry; she didn’t clip any wings. Sons on the roof or a son out of touch … Continue reading

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My Four Undiagnosed Darlings

Top L, Writer (Jane); R, Scientist (Michelle); Bottom L, CEO (Molly);  R, Adventurer (Emma) Top, Scientist, Explorer; Bottom, CEO, Writer My four daughters have turned out wonderfully–well educated, professionally successful, happily married. Three of them are wonderful mothers. Such a … Continue reading

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Parental Anxiety and Children’s Wings

  My mother’s combination of fearlessness, faith in God, and experience with 5 younger brothers made her wonderful mother of 5 boys. She didn’t worry; she didn’t clip any wings. She didn’t let little things like sons on the roof … Continue reading

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Happiest Days of My Life

Search Description April 4, 1973, Emma June 17, 1975, Michelle November 8, 1978 at home, Jane May 8, 1982 at home, Molly December 1, 2001, Mary Jo and Andy May 9, 2007, Michael September 12, 2008, Penelope December 18, 2008, … Continue reading

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1st Child, 2nd Child

This is from a graduate school paper on child development I wrote in 1977, when Anne was 4 and Michelle was 2.I am still realizing to what extent the mother I am is shaped by the child I am mothering. … Continue reading

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Joy of Birth and Breastfeeding

Seconds after Birth of Oldest Daughter,1973  Late April, 1973 I was a breasfeeding counselor for 13 years. Many young mothers were worried they were perverted because they found breastfeeding sensual, even sexual. I assured them that if breastfeeding hadn’t been … Continue reading

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Pride Overcomes Anxiety

I would like to share something I wrote in 2001 to a Salon group: “My 28-year-old daughter has just accepted a summer internship in Rwanda. Seven years ago, a million people were killed in three months in the worst genocide … Continue reading

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