- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Basic Books; New Ed edition (9 May 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0465090923
- ISBN-13: 978-0465090921
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 25.4 x 2.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,069,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Way We Really Are: Coming To Terms With America's Changing Families Paperback – 9 May 1998
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About the Author
Stephanie Coontz is a member of the faculty of Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA, where she is a historian and an expert on American culture.
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If Ms. Coontz had confined herself to these I think she would found her answer to why many people think children today are being shortchanged. Forget the question of whether such families are led by gays, lesbians, single parents, people who have remarried, etc. The fact is parents spend much less time today with their children, by all measures, and there's much less continuity whatever the situation.
"This is how things are today, deal with it", is not a solution or even a very sophisticated description of the problem. If one can imagine a world of diverse families it still stands to reason that the basic needs of children are probably similar and the author might spend some time spelling out what they are. That book has yet to be written. There's no reason a progressive couldn't write such a book but he or she would need a lot of courage.
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I would also recommend her other books and a book with the title The Good Ole Days, They Were TERRIBLE!!!