Separated At Birth

Home-Alone America: The Hidden Toll of Day Care, Behavioral Drugs, and Other Parent Substitutes
by Mary Eberstadt
Sentinel, 2005
(218 pages, $25.95, hardcover)

reviewed by W. Bradford Wilcox

The United States is engaged in a massive experiment with its children, according to Mary Eberstadt.

This “separationist experiment” is designed to see how well American children fare without much attention from one or both of their parents. This experiment is largely driven by adult needs and concerns—the desire for professional accomplishment, material success, individual fulfillment, or some combination thereof—and is manifested in such diverse phenomena as children relegated to day care 30 . . .

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