The term “good enough mother” appears frequently in the media these past few weeks. A new book entitled Good Enough is the New Perfect by B.B. Gillespie and H.S. Temple (Harlequin Press, 2011) offers a new way of looking at work/life issues and of finding success and happiness in modern motherhood.
I thought it might be interesting to explore the origin of the term “good enough mother,” given its centrality in the lexicon of child psychology.