Podcast Episode 240: Making Parenthood More Sustainable

Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 240 of The New Family Podcast, where we talk to a professor and author about what it would takes to make parenting more sustainable.

We kick off the fall with one of several episodes coming up that explores what it will take to make modern-day parenthood more sustainable and less overwhelming. We’ll be looking at the social and economic factors that make caring for a family feel like such a herculean effort.

Caitlyn Collins says the work-life conflict experienced by parents — especially moms — should be considered a national crisis. An assistant professor at Washington University, Dr. Collins has done some groundbreaking research on this topic, interviewing working middle class mothers in Sweden, Germany, Italy and the United States over five years. She’s compiled this in a compelling book called Making Motherhood Work: How Women Manage Careers and Caregiving. In it she makes the case that nothing short of a revolution in both public policy and — critically — cultural believes, with bring about the changes that families need both in the United States and in Canada.

Here are some resources related to this episode.

Making Motherhood Work book cover

Making Motherhood Work: How Women Manage Careers and Caregiving

Caitlyn’s website

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What Caitlyn hopes parents will get out of reading the book

“I hope people finish the book and feel angry about the lack of supports they receive from employers and the government. Even in the most gender equal countries, women still had ideas about what could be done to make things even better. Like I said, there is nothing more important than families in our society, but we can do a lot more to support them. Generations ago, employers did a lot more to support their workers than they do today. I think we should expect more from our partners, we should expect more from employers, and we should expect more from the government in helping to navigate employment and caregiving in the 21st Century.”

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