The Parent Trap: How to Stop Overloading Parents and Fix Our Inequality Crisis

Written by:
Nate G. Hilger
Narrated by:
Will Tulin

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
April 2022
8 hours 47 minutes
Few people realize that raising children is the single largest industry in the United States. Yet this vital work receives little political support, and its primary workers-parents-labor in isolation. It's almost as if parents are set up to fail-and the result is lost opportunities that limit children's success and make us all worse off. In The Parent Trap, Nate Hilger combines cutting-edge social science research, revealing historical case studies, and on-the-ground investigation to recast parenting as the hidden crucible of inequality.

Parents are expected not only to care for their children but to help them develop the skills they will need to thrive in today's socioeconomic reality-but most parents, including even the most caring parents on the planet, are not trained in skill development and lack the resources to get help. The solution, Hilger argues, is to ask less of parents, not more. America should consider child development a public investment with a monumental payoff. To make it happen, parents need to organize to wield their political power on behalf of children-who will always be the largest bloc of disenfranchised people in this country.

The Parent Trap exposes the true costs of our society's unrealistic expectations around parenting and lays out a profoundly hopeful blueprint for reform.
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