Quotes

11 November 2014
Parents can make us distrust ourselves. To them, we seem always to be works-in-progress.
11 November 2014
Parents have to get over the idea that their children belong just to them; children are a family affair.
11 November 2014
No one, however powerful and successful, can function as an adult if his parents are not satisfied with him.
11 November 2014
Family lore can be a bore, but only when you are hearing it, never when you are relating it to the ones who will be carrying it on for you. A family without a storyteller or two has no way to make sense out of their past and no way to get a sense of themselves.
11 November 2014
Breaking free from the delicious security of mother love can be a painful rupture for either mother or son. Some boys can't do it. Some mothers can't let it happen because they know the boy is not ready to leave her; others are simply not ready to give up their sons.
11 November 2014
When the masculine mystique is pulling boys and men out into the world to growl manly noises at one another, the only power with a stronger pull on the male psyche is maternally induced guilt. The guilt is quite necessary for our moral development, but it is often uncomfortable.
11 November 2014
A man doesn't have to have all the answers—children will teach him how to parent them, and in the process will teach him everything he needs to know about life.
11 November 2014
We know how powerful our mother was when we were little, but is our wife that powerful to us now? Must we relive our great deed of escape from Mama with every other woman in our life?
11 November 2014
Becoming Father the Nurturer rather than just Father the Provider enables a man to fully feel and express his humanity and his masculinity. Fathering is the most masculine thing a man can do.
11 November 2014
The guys who fear becoming fathers don't understand that fathering is not something perfect men do, but something that perfects the man. The end product of child raising is not the child but the parent.

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