Parents' Work

cassattAs parents, we do some of the most important work in the world. Unfortunately, it is often overlooked, even by us parents. It is important that we take time to think about, recognize, acknowledge, keep in mind, and share with others the work that we do and the resulting benefits. Parents’ work is essential to children’s well-being, to parents themselves, and to society as a whole. No one else can do this work as well as parents can.

As homeschoolers, we have more experience with and often greater understanding of and stronger commitment to the benefits of parents’ work. Our voices need to be heard, especially now as pressure is growing for children to start school at younger ages and spend more hours per day and days per year in school and for government and professionals to take more responsibility for children at the expense of parents.

This column explores some obvious and not so obvious work that parents do and ways some parents cope with economic challenges by increasing the family work they do. Then it discusses reasons why the media doesn’t give parents the credit and recognition they deserve. Finally there are suggestions for what we can do.

Continue reading Parents’ Work: Invaluable but Nearly Invisible, by long-time columnists Larry and Susan Kaseman, in the Nov-Dec 2009 issue of Home Education Magazine.

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