The Four-Thirds Solution: Solving the Childcare Crisis in America Today
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Titel: The Four-Thirds Solution: Solving the ...
Verlag: Da Capo Press
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Auflage: 1st Edition
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Long recognized for his brilliant insights into the emotional and intellectual development of infants and young children, Dr. Stanley Greenspan argues that parents, not teachers or caregivers, can most effectively encourage this development. In order for parents to do this, however, society must first face an unrecognized dilemma of major proportions. While Dr. Greenspan's research demonstrates that children in the first few years of life need intense one-to-one nurturing to develop their full cognitive and emotional abilities, over 50 percent of families are relying on out-of-home care that, for the most part, does not provide such nurture. In order to resolve this dilemma, he offers a radical redefinition of family life. Without suggesting that either parent give up a career, he presents a wide variety of practical solutions that make children the top priority-and the equal responsibility-of both parents. He vividly describes "tag team" care, serial careers, other ways to balance at-home care and daycare, ways to make the new technologies that allow working at home a benefit for both adult and child, and the "four-thirds solution," in which both parents work two-thirds of the time.A Merloyd Lawrence BookReview:
Enabling parents to provide "daily doses" of quality time with their kids often proves as tough as getting kids to eat their daily requirements of fruits and vegetables. But try we must, insists infant and child development expert Stanley Greenspan, MD, author of The Four-Thirds Solution. Drawing from enlightening research (including his own extensive studies) on the emotional and intellectual development of the very young, Greenspan shows the significance of consistent, loving interaction between child and caregiver-- levels rarely achieved in the majority of American daycare facilities. With passion and urgency, Greenspan shows that America's increased dependence on out- of-home childcare (what he calls "our social experiment") poses serious threats to our youth's long-term development, and ultimately, to our society. Simply put, his "four-thirds solution" serves as a metaphor for rearranging work schedules, allowing parents more time at home. Six real-life scenarios show how different families (including a divorced couple) interpreted the solution, struggled with the changes, and eventually reaped the rewards. Along the way, the Ittleson Prize-winning doctor nimbly debates skeptics and challenges corporations and government to rebalance their priorities. Guilt-inducing? Perhaps, but if Four-Thirds compels parents to spend even one- third more time with their child, it's guilt well invested. --Liane Thomas
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