Sylvia Hewlett

Sylvia Ann Hewlett, the President of the Center for Work-Life Policy is the author of the book Creating a Life.

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Caring for Crib Lizards


For a country that claims to love kids, the United States sure seems to dislike parents. According to a 1999 survey conducted by the foundation Public Agenda, only 23 percent of Americans feel that parents are good role models for their children, while fully 49 percent believe that "irresponsible" parents--and not social and economic pressures on families--are the main reason children fail to thrive in our society. Contemporary moms and dads are seen as simultaneously neglectful and overindulgent: They're never around to help with homework or turn off the TV--and then they assuage their guilt by buying their kids all kinds of inappropriate stuff.