Well, yes, Elisabeth was really too self absorbed to make a good mother. She wasn't very maternal, and most likely was merely concerned with doing her duty to the dynasty, of producing heirs, for the most part. I mean, she cared for her children, but her influence on them may not have been for the best. I am sure it's not right to blame anyone specifically for a child who does not turn out well, although Gisela did. Elisabeth was not in her element as a mother, although reading this thread, it seems she did care very much for her other daughter.