"During the periods in my marriage when I chose to stay home with my kids rather than work as an attorney, it caused me no end of anxiety. Despite the fact that I knew I was contributing to our family by caring for our children, I still felt that my worth was less because I wasn't earning."
"Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country."Ayelet Waldman on Margaret Thatcher
"A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body."Ayelet Waldman on Benjamin Franklin
"Where we love is home - home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts."Ayelet Waldman on Oliver Wendell Holmes
"Human beings are the only creatures on earth that allow their children to come back home."Ayelet Waldman on Bill Cosby
"Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in."Ayelet Waldman on Robert Frost
"By the time the children go to bed, I am as drained as any mother who has spent her day working, car pooling, building Lego castles and shopping for the precisely correct soccer cleat."
"Despite the fact that in America we incarcerate more juveniles for life terms than in any other country in the world, the truth is that the vast majority of youth offenders will one day be released. The question is simple and stark. Do we want to help them change or do we want to help them become even more violent and dangerous?"
"By presenting a faithful and honest record of my experience as a mother, I hope to show both my readers and my children how truth can redeem even what you fear might be the gravest of sins."
"Before I was married, I didn't consider my failure to manage even basic hand tools a feminist inadequacy. I thought it had more to do with being Jewish. The Jews I knew growing up didn't do 'do-it-yourself.' When my father needed to hammer something he generally used his shoe, and the only real tool he owned was a pair of needle-nose pliers."
"Personally, I think four is the perfect number of children for our particular family. Four is enough to create the frenzied cacophony that my husband and I find so joyful."