Mary Kay Blakely


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  • ''Divorce is the psychological equivalent of a triple coronary bypass.''
    Mary Kay Blakely (20th century), U.S. journalist, essayist, author and mother. American Mom, ch. 6 (1994).
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  • ''In the range of things toddlers have to learn and endlessly review—why you can't put bottles with certain labels in your mouth, why you have to sit on the potty, why you can't take whatever you want in the store, why you don't hit your friends—by the time we got to why you can't drop your peas, well, I was dropping a few myself.''
    Mary Kay Blakely (20th century), U.S. journalist, essayist, author and mother. American Mom, ch. 4 (1994).
  • ''I became the Incredible Shrinking Mother the year they started junior high. If our relationship today depended on physical clout, I would have about the same influence with them that the republic of Liechtenstein has on world politics.''
    Mary Kay Blakely (20th century), U.S. journalist, essayist, author and mother. American Mom, ch. 4 (1994).
  • ''"Mother" is the first word that occurs to politicians and columnists and popes when they raise the question, "Why isn't life turning out the way we want it?"''
    Mary Kay Blakely (20th century), U.S. journalist, essayist, author and mother. American Mom, prologue (1994).
  • ''It takes twenty or so years before a mother can know with any certainty how effective her theories have been—and even then there are surprises. The daily newspapers raise the most frightening questions of all for a mother of sons: Could my once sweet babes ever become violent men? Are my sons really who I think they are?''
    Mary Kay Blakely (20th century), U.S. journalist, essayist, author and mother. American Mom, prologue (1994).
  • ''Spooky things happen in houses densely occupied by adolescent boys. When I checked out a four-inch dent in the living room ceiling one afternoon, even the kid still holding the baseball bat looked genuinely baffled about how he possibly could have done it.''
    Mary Kay Blakely (20th century), U.S. journalist, essayist, author and mother. American Mom, ch. 9 (1994).
  • ''In an ideal society, mothers and fathers would produce potty- trained, civilized, responsible new citizens while government and corporate leaders would provide a safe, healthy, economically just community.''
    Mary Kay Blakely (20th century), U.S. journalist, essayist, author and mother. American Mom, prologue (1994).
  • ''Certainly, words can be as abusive as any blow. . . . When a three-year-old yells, "You're so stupid! What a dummy!" it doesn't carry the same weight as when a mother yells those words to a child. . . . Even if you don't physically abuse young children, you can still drive them nuts with your words.''
    Mary Kay Blakely (20th century), U.S. journalist, essayist, author and mother. American Mom, ch. 4 (1994).
  • ''In motherhood, where seemingly opposite realities can be simultaneously true, the role of nurturer invariably conflicts with the role of socializer. When trouble came as it surely must, was I the good cop who understood, the bad cop who terrorized, or both?''
    Mary Kay Blakely (20th century), U.S. journalist, essayist, author and mother. American Mom, ch. 4 (1994).
  • ''Raising boys has made me a more generous woman than I really am. Undoubtedly, there are other routes to learning the wishes and dreams of the presumably opposite sex, but I know of none more direct, or more highly motivating, than being the mother of sons.''
    Mary Kay Blakely (20th century), U.S. journalist, essayist, author and mother. American Mom, prologue (1994).

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