Policy ideas to mitigate the harmful effects to children of economic instability.
We don’t have good policies to support low-income working mothers.
The passage of welfare reform in the late 1990s was the final stage in a cultural shift away from expecting mothers to put childrearing first to putting work first. Most able-bodied adults are expected to work, but public and business policy have not made it easy for mothers—and fathers—to also tend to their children’s well-being. When parents are unable to effectively balance work and family needs, children often suffer. The outcome of this uneasy dynamic has been most severe on low-income working families.
It’s not as crazy as it sounds.
Photo: Police in Ferguson, MO. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
There’s not good empirical evidence to support Detroit’s Police Chief’s endorsement of citizens arming themselves in the interest of public safety.
When a parent loses a job, family income drops, but the effects are often more than just financial.