Frank Pittman


Frank Pittman Quotes

  • ''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.''
    Frank Pittman (20th century), U.S. psychiatrist and family therapist. Man Enough, ch. 12 (1993).
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  • ''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?''
    Frank Pittman (20th century), U.S. psychiatrist and family therapist. Man Enough, ch. 7 (1993).
  • ''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.''
    Frank Pittman (20th century), U.S. psychiatrist and family therapist. Man Enough, ch. 12 (1993).
  • ''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.''
    Frank Pittman (20th century), U.S. psychiatrist and family therapist. Man Enough, ch. 12.
  • ''A boy is not free to find a partner of his own as long as he must be the partner to his mother.''
    Frank Pittman (20th century), U.S. psychiatrist and family therapist. Man Enough, ch. 7 (1993).
  • ''At the heart of the matter of masculine excess is a great longing for the love and approval of a father, a man who can tell another man that his masculinity is splendid enough and he can now relax.''
    Frank Pittman (20th century), U.S. psychiatrist and family therapist. Man Enough, ch. 1 (1993).
  • ''Why do otherwise sane, competent, strong men, men who can wrestle bears or raid corporations, shrink away in horror at the thought of washing a dish or changing a diaper?''
    Frank Pittman (20th century), U.S. psychiatrist and family therapist. Man Enough, ch. 11 (1993).
  • ''Most of us have felt barriers between ourselves and our fathers and had thought that going it alone was part of what it meant to be a man. We tried to get close to our children when we became fathers, and yet the business of practicing masculinity kept getting in the way. We men have begun to talk about that.''
    Frank Pittman (20th century), U.S. psychiatrist and family therapist. Man Enough, introduction (1993).
  • ''Nothing is quite so horrifying and paralyzing as to win the Oedipal struggle and to be awarded your mother as the prize.''
    Frank Pittman (20th century), U.S. psychiatrist and family therapist. Man Enough, ch. 7 (1993).
  • ''If fathers who fear fathering and run away from it could only see how little fathering is enough. Mostly, the father just needs to be there.''
    Frank Pittman (20th century), U.S. psychiatrist and family therapist. Man Enough, ch. 6 (1993).

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