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Covey's Daughter and Her Dilemma

Micki McGee

in Self-Help, Inc.

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9780195171242
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199944088 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195171242.003.0001
Covey's Daughter and Her Dilemma

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Stephen R. Covey launches First Things First with a story about his daughter Maria, who had given birth to her third child. Maria loved her new baby, but felt that the duties of motherhood were taking all of her time. As a father, Covey advised her daughter that the baby was the first thing in her life, and that she also needed to forget about her other priorities and stop worrying. His advice was neither gender neutral nor socially progressive. The solution Covey proposes is legitimized through a robust sort of nostalgia that appeals to scriptural wisdom, traditional metaphors, and American myths. The suggestion that Covey offers Maria is one which is not widely available to American women and their families. She is encouraged to pursue an ideal of self-invention and self-mastery that hails from a culture where someone else's labors would provide for the necessities of daily life.

Keywords: Stephen R. Covey; First Things First; American women; self-invention; self-mastery; motherhood

Chapter.  2795 words. 

Subjects: Sociology

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