Children First: What Society Must Do--and is Not Doing--for Children Today

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The child psychologist whose book Your Baby & Child has provided indispensable advice to a new generation of parents now offers a groundbreaking book which suggests that even the best parenting may not be enough in a society that is hostile to children. Leach shows how our laws, employment polices, and culture end up depriving children of their parents.

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Children First is above all a call to action. It boldly spells out:
-what specific policies our society must adopt in order to discriminate in favor of children and the grownups who care for them;
-how measures like paid parental leave and universal preschool education will actually end up saving us money;
-why "family friendly" workplaces and communities turn out to be good for employers and ordinary taxpayers.

The resulting volume is likely to revolutionize the status of children and parents both--reminding us that the former are our heirs and that the latter do their job best when it is a practical, pleasurable choice.

About the Author:

Penelope Leach, author of Your Baby & Child, Your Growing Child, Babyhood and The First Six Months, was educated at Cambridge University and the London School of Economics, where she received her Ph.D. in psychology and lectured on psychology and child development. A Fellow of the British Psychological Society and Chair of the Child Development Society, she works in various capacities for parents' organizations and sits on the Commission on Social Justice. Her program "Your Baby & Child" is broadcast on Lifetime Television. Penelope Leach is married to an environmental policy analyst, and they have two children.

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