Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Sunday, November 04, 2012
America's Difficulty in Focusing on Mothers as People
Difficulty in Focusing on Mothers as People
In our Fall 2012 issue,
Judith Warner explores the question of whether too much mothering is
bad for you, in response to an ongoing trend of 24/7 intensive
motherhood. She writes:
We continue to be resistant to
thinking more broadly about the subject: about the ways our society—and
particularly our glaring lack of a work-family policy—have created the
high-pressure, high-stakes world of family life. It is, in large part,
those premises that have produced the anxiety, isolation, and sense of
overwhelmedness that go hand in hand with toxic levels of intensive
mothering. Unfortunately, there remains, too, in America, a bias toward
excessive child-centeredness, and a difficulty in focusing on “mothers
as people,” as Columbia University Teachers College psychologist Suniya
Luthar, who has surveyed more than 4,000 mothers over the past six
years, likes to put it.
You can read Judith Warner’s entire
essay, offering a new look at the social science, at our website.