The Parent Trap: Reducing social inequality by supporting parents and their children

Co-hosted by The MIT Press

Tuesday, May 9, 2023, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. EDT
The Brookings Institution, Falk Auditorium, 1775 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20036 

In his new book, "The Parent Trap: How to Stop Overloading Parents and Fix Our Inequality Crisis", economist Nate Hilger argues today’s parents have been set up to fail. Are we asking too much of parents? Is modern parenting contributing to social inequality? How can U.S. support systems and policies be reimagined to set parents up for success and allow all children to thrive?

On Tuesday, May 9, the Brookings Center on Children and Families and The MIT Press will host an event to discuss these questions. Sharita Gruberg, vice president at the National Partnership for Women & Families, will join Hilger for a conversation on the critical role parents play in child skill development. Social policy expert Melissa Kearney will moderate.

Viewers may submit questions by emailing or via Twitter using the hashtag #SupportingModernParents.

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