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Home-Alone America: The Hidden Toll of Day Care, Behavioral Drugs, and Other Parent Substitutes Hardcover – November 4, 2004

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As if women didn't have enough to worry about trying to decide on the correct balance between careers and motherhood, and then worrying about their decisions, Eberstadt maintains that working mothers are responsible for rising juvenile delinquency, underperformance in school, childhood obesity, and a host of other maladies. To her credit, she doesn't let fathers off the hook, but mothers are seen as the main culprits. Citing research detailing the adverse impact on children of absent parents, Eberstadt makes a passionate, convincing argument that Americans have focused too much attention on the needs of adults. Nearly half of all children have no fathers in the home, and more than half under the age of six have working mothers, leaving young children to fend for themselves in day care, where they are exposed to all manner of illnesses and bad behavior. The results are children who act out in various ways and a society that drugs them or ignores them. She offers no "snappy solutions" but strongly urges parents to spend more time with their children. Vanessa Bush
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...Eberstadt does not apologize... -- Edward Wyatt, New York Times

...[u]rges all adults to think about the needs of children, and some to make drastic changes... -- World Magazine

Home-Alone America is a fine first salvo in what may be a changed war. -- Kelly Jane Torrance, Washington Times

A book that should be read by every concerned parent, pastor, and policy maker. -- R. Albert Mohler, Jr., President, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

An intense meditation on what matters most... -- Maggie Gallagher, syndicated columnist

Goes way beyond the headlines to show the effects of absent parents on nearly every area of children's lives. -- Susie Currie, Weekly Standard

Mary Eberstadt has written an unwelcome book. That doesn't make it any less important or less necessary. -- Rich Lowry, syndicated columnist

Mary Eberstadt has written an unwelcome book. That doesn't make it any less important or less necessary. -- Rich Lowry, syndicated columnist

The great and unarguable theme...is that families are a very good thing and parental care is of decisive importance... -- James Q. Wilson, Wall Street Journal

[An] important, thought-provoking book. -- Myrna Blyth, National Review

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  • Item Weight : 15.2 ounces
  • Hardcover : 240 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1595230041
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1595230041
  • Product Dimensions : 6.32 x 0.91 x 9.36 inches
  • Publisher : Sentinel HC; 1st Edition (November 4, 2004)
  • Reading level : 18 and up
  • Language: : English
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