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Raising ChildrenEmerging Needs, Modern Risks, and Social Responses$
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Jill Duerr Berrick and Neil Gilbert

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195310122

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195310122.001.0001

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Motherhood, Work, and Family Policy

Motherhood, Work, and Family Policy

(p.98) 5 Motherhood, Work, and Family Policy
Raising Children

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This chapter shifts the focus from women on the fast track to high-powered professional careers to mothers employed in average working-and-middle-class jobs. From this perspective, a range of family/work lifestyle choices are examined along with the implications of conventional family-friendly policies — such as daycare and parental leave — for harmonizing work and childrearing. The analysis distinguishes between policies that support the idea of balancing work and family life through the concurrent performance of paid employment and childrearing activities, and those that support a sequential approach to balancing work and family life, which involves an initial investment of five-to-ten years in childrearing without an outside job followed by twenty to thirty years of labor force participation. To equalize policy incentives for both approaches, the chapter recommends that subsidized day care policies be broadened to include home care allowances so as not to disadvantage parents who choose the sequential pattern of balancing work and family life.

Keywords:   family friendly, childrearing, sequential approach, work and family, home care, day care, lifestyle choices

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