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The Parent’s Guide to Family Friendly Work by Lori K. Long Ph.D.

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Introduction

Many parents woke up today to a sick child or a snowstorm that canceled school, and they struggled to figure out how to take care of their children and still make it to work. Some parents spent time today thinking about the next school year, trying to figure out how they can move ahead in their careers and still make sure their kids have somewhere to go after school. A few parents felt guilty today for not spending enough time with their kids and considered quitting their jobs.

Academic researchers have only just started exploring work and family conflict, leaving few answers for businesses and parents. Public policy and practice needs to change so that social supports exist to help us manage the challenge of working while raising ...

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