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A Mother's Work Hardcover – September, 1985
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Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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When Fallows approaches her topic from the viewpoint of what is best for children, she is not overcome with sentimentality. A major section of the book evaluates childcare--different types, politics of daycare, its effect on children, and present needs for daycare. She spent time visiting a variety of childcare providers. She describes her visits as if the reader were sitting with her, following Jill and Beth throughout the day. I felt what kids must feel in childcare, fun and joy as well as loss and pain.
Fallows concludes that, while more money is needed for daycare, no one is willing to pay for it--not parents, business or government. Her analysis of reasons why childcare has not been valued economically is an important consideration.
It has been noted that 53% of mothers with children under age 6 are employed outside the home. Fallows focuses on the very significant 47% who are not, noting that there is little difference between family incomes of $10,000 and $35,000 in determining if the mother works. Interestingly, these percentages remain the same among single mothers.Read more ›