Making Parenthing a (National) Priority - Resources

Ask the Children: The Breakthrough Study That Reveals How to Succeed at Work and Parenting
, by Ellen Galinsky, Quill, 2000. Offers practical ideas for parents who want to be more effective at work and at home.

The Four-Thirds Solution: Solving the Childcare Crisis in America Today
, by Stanley I. Greenspan, M.D., with Jacqueline Salmon, Perseus Publishing, 2001. Offers a blueprint for creating family and work life that puts children first without sacrificing the economic and personal benefits of work for either parent.

Keeping Jobs and Raising Families in Low-Income America: It Just Doesn’t Work
, by Lisa Dodson, Tiffany Manuel and Ellen Bravo, Radcliffe Public Policy Center and 9to5 National Association of Working Women, 2002. Available at

Not Your Mother’s Life: Changing the Rules of Work, Love and Family
, by Joan K. Peters, Perseus Publishing, 2001. Urges a proactive approach to designing a life that gives parents the time their families need.

The Secure Child: Helping Children Feel Safe and Confident in a Changing World
, by Stanley I. Greenspan, M.D., Perseus Publishing, 2002. Provides parents with guidance for helping their kids feel secure.

Taking Parenting Public: The Case for a New Social Movement
, edited by Sylvia Ann Hewlett, Nancy Rankin and Cornell West, Rowman & Littlefield, 2002. This collection of contributions from a diverse group of thinkers examines the forces that have undermined parenting in America and proposes strategies to better support parents.

What Kids Need: Today’s Best Ideas for Nurturing, Teaching and Protecting Young Children
, by Rima Shore, Beacon Press, 2002. Makes the case that young children’s well-being and learning should be a national priority and presents an agenda for change.

The Widening Gap: Why America’s Working Families Are in Jeopardy and What Can Be Done About It
, by S. Jody Heymann, M.D., Ph.D., Basic Books, 2000. Presents the first systematic national research on how the need to meet family obligations is affecting working Americans.


Families and Work Institute: A non-profit center for research on the changing workplace, family and community.

National Parenting Association: A nonprofit organization working to make parenting a higher priority in American life.

National Partnership for Women and Families: One of the chief architects of the Family and Medical Leave Act. You can contact your elected officials from this site.

Stand for Children: A grassroots membership organization that takes action at the national, state, community and neighborhood levels on issues affecting children.

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From United Parenting Publications, October 2002.