Remembering Tine Thevenin

We mourn the death of La Leche League Leader, Tine Thevenin, aged only 68.

She influenced two generations with her best-selling self-published book,
“The Family Bed: An Age Old Concept in Child Rearing.” It sold over 150,000
copies and was translated into Dutch and German. In 1993, she came out with
a second book on child rearing: “Mothering and Fathering: The Gender Differences
in Child Rearing.”
Norma Ritter, IBCLC, RLC

Dear Norma, what sad news! Tine certainly has made a difference through
her book, “The Family Bed”. I remember an interview on the Donahue Show which
featured Tine, Dr. Robert S. Mendelsohn and a psychiatrist and the debate was “should
children sleep with their parents?” Tine made her points first, the
psychiatrist argued strenuously that children would be emotionally scarred
if they were kept in the family bed, and, then, it was Dr. Mendelson’s turn.
He said “I agree with both the previous speakers. Every child should be
sleeping with the parents unless one of the parents happens to be a
psychiatrist and, then, they might be emotionally messed up by sleeping with
him or her.” (that’s a paraphrase; I don’t have his exact quote). It was
so funny.

I only knew her through her books but I am feeling the loss of a woman who spoke her truth.
Best regards, Gloria Lemay, Vancouver BC

3 thoughts on “Remembering Tine Thevenin

  1. I read her books when I had my first baby over 25 years ago. And what a difference it made in his upbringing. And he is now a father and also has a family bed. The pebble in the pond makes many ripples of which we may not know the extent of them.

  2. Too bad she didn’t live longer. The good die young, virtally always, so I’m glad I’m a bit bitchy.

    Anyway, her book, which I kind of stumbled on, means so much to me. My young child said, out of nowhere one day, that he wanted to get married and “have 100 children”. Maybe this is apropos of nothing, but I wonder…

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