Quotation by Martha Boesing

As a mother I am often confused about how to help my children make wise decisions for themselves. One day I extol the virtues of a free and open education and the next I tell them they can't watch TV until they finish their homework. One day I tell them to eat what they like, their bodies know intuitively what they need; and the next I say, "Okay, that's it—no more junk food in this house!" I flounder like this because I have no training and very little support for this work and there are days when I'm the one who needs the parenting, even more than they do.
Martha Boesing (20th century). Mother Journeys, ed. Maureen T. Reddy, Martha Roth, Amy Sheldon, section 3 (1994).
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