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. Two years ago, in our book The War Against Parents , we detailed how adults with children had been hurt by workplace policies, shortchanged by tax regulations, and degraded by the media. Given the years of research that went into the book, we thought we had a pretty good idea of the range and scope of the onslaught parents face. We were wrong...