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How your workplace can make you a better parent

Updated: Sep 5, 2023

The Harvard Business Review just released a summary of essential research in the article How a Parent's Experience at Work Impacts Their Kids.

A longitudinal study of over 370 low-wage, working-class families found that parents' work experiences directly affect their children's developmental outcomes. The study was conducted by Perry-Jenkins.

Parents with autonomy and supportive supervisors and coworkers are warmer and more engaged with their infants, leading to better reading and math skills, social skills, and fewer behavioral problems in their children.

"A vast body of research has shown that warm and responsive parenting in a child's first year of life boosts their level of attachment with their parents as well as their emotional regulation, social skills, and academic achievement."

Dr. Perry-Jenkins argues that supporting employees and making them feel respected is an investment in today's workforce and the next generation.

Click here to read the full article in the Harvard Business Review.

We believe that by supporting women (or other partners) at home, husbands can have a similar impact as employers did in this study. And the same can be said for women supporting men.

A modern household has two incomes. Strategies that set up partners for success at home with their kids don't always unfold naturally. It takes work, communication, and respect for one another's careers to create a home environment that provides children with what they need to grow and become their best selves.

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