Page 6 - ... women who came of age with an unprecedented level of freedom, career potential and equality with men - have turned into a generation of perfectionist control freaks, more concerned with creating the perfect playgroup or tracking down the last gram of trans fat in their kids' crackers than in running, or changing, or even participating in, the larger world
Page 7 - ... the way that mothers' (and fathers') behaviour has been perverted by social and economic forces that they cannot control. It's about how that feeling of being out of control drives them to parent in ways that are contrary to their better instincts, their deepest values and the best interests of their children.
... No sentence more devastatingly summarises the frequent selfishness and callousness of 'concerned' parenthood in our time than this sentence of Rachel Cusk's :'That family you see out on a Saturday afternoon, with their cycle helmets and their fear of strangers and their fourteen varieties of apple juice in special beakers, wouldn't stop to help you if you were bleeding to death in the road'.
Rachel Cusk in the New Statesman