Jill D. Berrick and Neil Gilbert (eds.): Raising Children: Emerging Needs, Modern Risks, and Social Responses
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The job of parenting is indeed a stressful one with long hours and low pay. Its basic tenets, to bring a child from infancy to adulthood healthy, in one piece and with some ability to manage on its own have remained the same since the beginning of time. In the United States, the manner in which this gets accomplished, and by whom, has gone through many changes as our society has grown and changed. In particular, changes in the expectations and styles of parenting have come about as a result of advancements in technology, education, medicine and of the evolution of family structure. Currently, our society has been challenged by the need for more flexible work environments, including the provision of work based child care, flexible hours and the need for policies such as the Family and Medical Leave Act.
In this edited work, the authors examine existing policies related to childrearing in today’s world and evaluate them in terms of how they affect this most important of all occupations....