Quotations From ELAINE HEFFNER


 

  • It is not only their own need to mother that takes some women by surprise; there is also the shock of discovering the complexity of alternative child-care arrangements that have been made to sound so simple. Those for whom the intended solution is equal parenting have found that some parents are more equal than others.
    Elaine Heffner (20th century), U.S. psychiatrist and author. Mothering, ch. 1 (1978).

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  • The art of living is to function in society without doing violence to one's own needs or to the needs of others. The art of mothering is to teach the art of living to children.
    Elaine Heffner (20th century), U.S. psychiatrist and author. Mothering, ch. 3 (1978).

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  • Unfortunately, mothers interpret the fact that they feel guilty to mean that they are guilty. Professionals have simply confirmed this interpretation by telling mothers why they are guilty.
    Elaine Heffner (20th century), U.S. psychiatrist and author. Mothering, ch. 2 (1978).
  • It is certainly not new or startling to find that women feel the desire to take care of their children. What is new is the number of women who are startled by such feelings.
    Elaine Heffner (20th century), U.S. psychiatrist and author. Mothering, ch. 1 (1978).

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