The Parenting Gap

The Parenting Gap

The United States suffers from gaps in income, education and opportunity. The most important gap of all may be in parenting: a gap that harms wellbeing, limits social mobility, and ultimately damages our economy, too. If we want a better society, we need better parents.

It is obvious that parents are huge contributors to the knowledge, skills and character of their children. We can argue about the size of the parenting effect, compared to genetics, economics, culture, schooling, and so on. There is no question, however, that the quality of parenting is one of the most—perhaps the most important contributor to a good, fair, responsible society.

 

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