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Judith Warner

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Judith Warner is the author, most recently, of And Then They Stopped Talking to Me: Making Sense of Middle School, which was selected as a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice when it was published in early May. She is also the author of the New York Times bestsellers Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety and Hillary Clinton: The Inside Story, as well as the multiple award-winning We've Got Issues: Children and Parents in the Age of Medication. A senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, she has been a frequent contributor to the New York Times, where she wrote the popular Domestic Disturbances column, as well as numerous other publications. ...more

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Judith Warner I would travel to the world of Herman Wouk's Marjorie Morningstar, because that was more or less the world of my parents. And once I was there, I woul…moreI would travel to the world of Herman Wouk's Marjorie Morningstar, because that was more or less the world of my parents. And once I was there, I would go try to find my parents as they were in 1955, before they met. I've always wanted, for that matter, to be able to travel back in time to see my parents and their world at various points in time. I was born in 1965, and everything prior to about 1974 seems to me like ancient history -- I wonder if everyone feels that way about what preceded them, or preceded their conscious awareness of the world around them ... (less)
Judith Warner There's writer's block and Writer's Block -- i.e. the writer's block that everyone has temporarily and something darker and more desperate. For the fo…moreThere's writer's block and Writer's Block -- i.e. the writer's block that everyone has temporarily and something darker and more desperate. For the former, I take walks. Like many people, I find thoughts have a way of sorting themselves out in the shower. I try to identify a person or people who are exceptionally good at helping me think something through in a productive way. For the latter: Luvox.(less)
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“For too many women in America are becoming sick with exhaustion and stress as they try to do things that can't be -- shouldn't be -- done. Too many are eaten up by resentment toward their husbands, who are not subject to the same heartless pressures. Too many are becoming anxious and depressed because they are overwhelmed and disappointed. Too many are letting their lives be poisoned by guilt because their expectations can't be met, and because there is an enormous cognitive dissonance between what they know to be right for themselves and what they're told is right for their children. Too many feel out of control.”
Judith Warner, Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety

“I found that when women were able to act in line with their natural inclinations and ambitions -- whether to work or stay at home -- they were generally happy, and generally felt that their children were happy too. Whereas those whose natural inclinations and ambitions had been thwarted -- whether they were working or stay-at-home moms -- were sure that they and their kids would be better off if they changed course, and either went to work or went home. The morality of the situation-- whether they felt it was good or bad for their chidlren-- derived, not from some external sense of the morality of their "choices," but from the amount of happiness generated by any given arrangement.”
Judith Warner, Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety

“I experienced a devastating loss of self...But in the same moment, I also recognized that a profound commitment had taken root inside me, and it was beautiful. I felt a duty that ran deeper than any I had known before. I had lost my old self, but in return it felt like I gained a life imbued with new meaning.”
Judith Warner, Motherhood - Philosophy for Everyone: The Birth of Wisdom

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