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The Economist’s Guide to Parenting

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Think you know how much parents matter? Think again. Economists crunch the numbers to learn the ROI on child-rearing.

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mandana from Leesburg, VA

Can't agree more with setting a sensible setting to be a parent. We definitely need that. (P.S. I am a mother myself)
I do agree that parenting is a very difficult job. Most of the time, just being a parent, makes me angry. I know that some of the angry and unhappy feelings come to me because I do feel a huge responsibility and I try, every minute of it, to do my best.
Thanks for this program.

Nov. 06 2011 10:14 PM

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