Parents in America, until quite recently, crafted their daily lives according to their own moral commitments and economic interests, free of government intrusion. Yet these lives, especially those led by poor and working-class mothers and fathers, have become the subject of sharp public debate over the past generation. Following closely behind, increasingly aggressive policies have been enacted aimed at improving how parents lead their lives at home or work, even where and by whom their children are raised. Americans have rarely been so divided over the government’s proper role in “fixing” the practices of families that don’t seem to fit the mainstream.
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