ANN CRITTENDEN THE PRICE OF MOTHERHOOD PDF

Drawing on hundreds of interviews from around the country, as well as the most current research in economics, sociology, history, child development,. The price of motherhood is everywhere apparent. College-educated women pay a "mommy tax" of more than a million dollars in lost income when they have a child. Family law deprives mothers of financial equality in marriage.

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Please be aware that this discussion guide will contain spoilers! We hope that this guide will also be a useful reference tool that will lead you to further topics of inquiry. A compelling plea for more respect and resources on behalf of mothers, this is a book that has the power to improve the lives of all Americans, and to transform a future generation.

The U. Professional nannies qualify for Social Security benefits, but a stay-at-home mother will earn a zero on her retirement-benefit account for every year she spends caring for her children. Discussion Questions Ann Crittenden states in her first footnote that she defines "mother" as any caregiver, male or female.

How does that detail affect her portrayal of parenting issues throughout the book? What motivates society to assume that women are better candidates for caring for children and the elderly than men? How much more would you be willing to pay in taxes if it meant that the U. While things have improved for women in the past 30 years, how do you think mothers and children have fared? What safety nets, if any, would be available to you? Consider the story of Tony Williams, the foster child who was assumed to be retarded but, thanks to a chance adoption by loving parents, proved to be highly intelligent and even became mayor of Washington, D.

Is the well of "Irrational" mother love in danger of running dry? What do you consider to be the greatest hurdle in the road to equal rights and fair treatment of mothers? Almost twice as many male top executives as female have children. Do you believe that corporate America can change to accommodate working mothers?

Are hour work weeks really necessary, or are they just a byproduct of workaholic corporate cultures? Do you think that the number of children a father has, across multiple marriages, should be taken into consideration when determining child-support amounts?

How did The Price of Motherhood affect your own decision-making and perspectives on parenting? What has the price of motherhood been for you? Which ones would be most relevant to your situation? Which ones do you think are most likely to be enacted within the next five years?

Unless otherwise stated, this discussion guide is reprinted with the permission of Owl Books. Any page references refer to a USA edition of the book, usually the trade paperback version, and may vary in other editions.

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The Price of Motherhood

Please be aware that this discussion guide will contain spoilers! We hope that this guide will also be a useful reference tool that will lead you to further topics of inquiry. A compelling plea for more respect and resources on behalf of mothers, this is a book that has the power to improve the lives of all Americans, and to transform a future generation. The U. Professional nannies qualify for Social Security benefits, but a stay-at-home mother will earn a zero on her retirement-benefit account for every year she spends caring for her children. Discussion Questions Ann Crittenden states in her first footnote that she defines "mother" as any caregiver, male or female. How does that detail affect her portrayal of parenting issues throughout the book?

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We spoke with Crittenden about how our society undervalues moms and what we should do about it. At the heart of it is a failure to understand that this is really the central work of the modern economy, which is based on highly skilled, creative, entrepreneurial people. Economists used to consider land, labor, and capital to be the three main inputs into economic wealth. Now they are saying that two-thirds of national wealth is actually created by "human capital," which are the skills, abilities, and creative entrepreneurship of people. If the child development research is true, then human development begins on day one.

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A former reporter for The New York Times and a Pulitzer Prize nominee, she has also been a reporter for Fortune, a financial writer for Newsweek, a visiting lecturer at M. She lives with her husband and son in Washington, D. This made them both happy. As the boy grew into a man, the tree gave him her apples to sell money, then her branches to build a house, and finally her trunk to make a boat. When the boy became a tired old man, the tree, by now nothing but a stump, offered him all she had left to sit on and rest. I would read the last line, "And the tree was happy. The very definition of a mother is selfless service to another.

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