When the Bough Breaks: The Cost of Neglecting Our Children

When the Bough Breaks: The Cost of Neglecting Our Children

When the Bough Breaks: The Cost of Neglecting Our Children

When the Bough Breaks: The Cost of Neglecting Our Children

Excerpt

This book has two roots.

My volunteer work with homeless children in New York City and Westchester County changed my consciousness in profound ways. Touching, holding, comforting these outcast kids as they dealt with their gratuitous agony ignited my anger and seared my soul as nothing else ever has. These children provided me with a reservoir of passion that fuels this book, and I am permanently in their debt.

A second inspiration flowed out of the business community. For several years in the mid-1980s, I was the executive director of the Economic Policy Council and headed up a study panel on how corporations might help bridge the work/family divide. During the life span of this project, I spent hundreds of hours pursuing reluctant business leaders, telling them over innumerable power breakfasts that they needed to get up to speed on work/family issues and put some support policies in place. Mostly it was an exercise in rejection. Powerful executives just didn't get the connection. How could these "soft" women's issues be worthy of serious time or attention?

Then, in 1988, everything changed. Looming skill shortages and a prospective heavy reliance on women and minorities did wonders to concentrate the corporate mind. The number of companies interested in family supports quintupled overnight, and I got upgraded from . . .

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