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Ask the children : what America's children really think about working parents
Galinsky, Ellen.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : William Morrow, [1999]

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xxiv, 391 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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This first comprehensive study asking children and their parents for their views on work and family life offers dozens of proven strategies for coping with the stresses and complications of work and family life. Noted work-family researcher Ellen Galinsky has compiled solid evidence that working parents are capable of providing their children with a healthy, loving environment. In addition to overturning accepted thinking about quantity v. quality time, how much parents really enjoy their jobs, and what messages we're sending to children about work, Galinsky also shares real-life stories of how working families stay close and outlines a brilliant new set of operating principles to help parents feel more competent at work and at home, improving life in both spheres.

Author Notes

Ellen Galinsky is cofounder and president of the Families and Work Institute, a Manhattan-based nonprofit center for research on the changing family, workplace, and community. A leading authority and speaker on work-family issues, she serves on many commissions and task forces and has worked with many companies in the United States and abroad. For twenty-five years she was on the faculty at the Bank Street College of Education, where she helped institute the field of work and family life. Her ground-breaking studies make nationwide headlines again and again. Recent studies include Women: The New Providers (1995) and the 1997 update of the National Study of the Changing Workforce, updated every five years. She is the author of sixteen books, including The Preschool Years (coauthored with Judy David) and The Six Stages of Parenthood. She lives with her family in upstate New York.

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Booklist Review

Galinsky is president and cofounder of the Families and Work Institute, and her new sociological field study of work and family life, which takes society's burning work issues to the children, was embargoed due to a first serial agreement with Newsweek until the end of August. It may not be Kinsey, but people are still bound to talk. --Bonnie Smothers

Library Journal Review

This detailed and well-organized report is based on extensive interviews with children about how their parents navigate the responsibilities of home and work. Galinsky, the president and cofounder of Families and Work Institute and the author of The Six Stages of Parenthood, makes her rigorous scholarship accessible with succinct, vivid writing. The authors conclude that children are no less happy or healthy when both parents work but do suffer from stressful workplaces and unreliable shedules. One example of the original, compassionate, and realistic recommendations is to share with children what is enjoyable about work as much as its difficultis. The conclusions and recommendations are original, compassionate, and realistic. This is an important addition to the intense, ongoing cultural conversation, joining Arlie Hochschild's The Time Bind (LJ 5/1/97) and Toby L. Parcel and Elizabeth G. Menaghan's Parents' Jobs and Children's Lives (Aldine de Gruyter, 1994). Highly recommended for public and academic libraries.√ĄPaula Dempsey, DePaul Univ. Lib., Chicago (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Overview: Why Ask the Children, and Why Now?p. xiii
Introduction: Why and How This Study Was Conductedp. xix
Chapter 1 Reframing the Debate About Working and Childrenp. 1
Chapter 2 How Children See Their Parents' Parenting Skillsp. 18
Chapter 3 Is It Quality Time or Quantity Time?p. 58
Chapter 4 There Is Something About Workp. 96
Chapter 5 There's Something About Family Life, Toop. 131
Chapter 6 Spilloverp. 168
Chapter 7 How Do Work and Family Life Affect Us as Parents?p. 198
Chapter 8 What Are We Teaching Children About Work and Family Life?p. 226
Chapter 9 What Does the Future Hold?p. 253
Chapter 10 How Do We Navigate Work and Family, and How Do We Ask the Children?p. 284
Chapter 11 What Children Want to Tell the Working Parents of Americap. 331
Afterwordp. 357
Research Notes and Referencesp. 359
A Word About the Photographsp. 383
Indexp. 385