In Brief: May 29, 2000

WHAT PARENTS WANT

It's no secret that being a parent today is a juggling act. According to a National Parenting Association survey of 650 parents, the biggest challenge moms and dads face is balancing work and family. The good news: employers are responding. Sixty-seven percent of parents say they can adjust their work hours to accommodate family needs. Still, parents with lower incomes--who can least afford extra child care to accommodate last-minute schedule changes and emergencies--tend to work for firms that don't have much family-friendly flexibility. More parents cite crime and violence as their biggest worry-40% this year, compared with...

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