The Four-Thirds Solution: Solving the Child-Care Crisis in America Today

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Da Capo Press, Oct 17, 2002 - Family & Relationships - 272 pages
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Internationally recognized for his brilliant insights into the emotional and intellectual development of infants and young children, Dr. Stanley Greenspan now shows how this can best be encouraged within the real lives of parents today. Recognizing that day care, for the most part, does not provide the intense one-to-one nurturing that children need in the first few years, he offers a radical redefinition of family life. Without suggesting that either parent give up a career, he presents a wide variety of practical solutions, including the "four-thirds solution" (in which both parents work 2/3 time), that make children the top priority and the equal responsibility of both parents.
 

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Respected child psychiatrist Greenspan (George Washington Univ. Medical Sch.) here continues a discussion that he and T. Berry Brazelton started in The Irreducible Needs of Children (LJ 11/1/00 ... Read full review

Contents

Our Social Experiment
3
We Are Asking too Much of DayCare
23
The Essentia Experiences
55
A Parents Priority
83
Six Families
99
Choosing Child Care
181
Solutions for Families and Communities
205
Improving Day Care
219
Solutions for Corporations and Governments
225
Notes
237
Acknowledgments
243
About the Authors
259
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Stanley I. Greenspan, M.D., author of the widely used and praised books The Challenging Child and (with Serena Wieder, Ph.D.) Engaging Autism, is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at George Washington University Medical School and lives in Bethesda, Maryland. Jacqueline Salmon, a staff writer on the Washington Post, is the mother of two young children and has lived the very issues outlined in this book.

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