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Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety


reviewed by Miriam Westheimer 2006

coverTitle: Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety
Author(s): Judith Warner
Publisher: Plume/Penguin, New York
ISBN: 1573223042, Pages: 327, Year: 2005
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So, Judith Warner, how do you know so much about my life—my struggles, my conflicts, my frustrations? I have never even met you. Many a reader will look up from the pages of Perfect Madness and ask the same thing.   Warner not only spoke to countless mothers across the nation, but she listened. There is a sense of relief and deep gratification, even if coupled with desperation, that someone understands and has put into words the hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, yearly dilemmas of motherhood. The “mess” of motherhood, as Warner describes it, is by no means limited to spaghetti and tomato sauce all over the table, floor, and furniture. This mess is much harder to clean up. It’s even harder to clarify. This mess is part of a larger social debate about who is responsible for our society’s children. It’s about how Americans—mothers and fathers alike—have allowed this society to abandon the needs... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 8, 2006, p. 1684-1687
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12243, Date Accessed: 10/16/2017 10:02:25 PM

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  • Miriam Westheimer
    Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel
    MIRIAM WESTHEIMER, Ed.D. is a Senior Program Director at Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel. For over fifteen years, she has worked with home-based, parent-focused prorgams in the U.S and abroad. Her most recent publication is a compilation of international research, Parents Making a Difference: A Decade of International Research on the Home Instruction for Parents and Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) Program. She currently serves as the Director of an intenational network of HIPPY programs.
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