The Four-Thirds Solution by Stanley Greenspan
Solving the Childcare Crisis in America Today

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Long recognized for his brilliant insights into the emotional and intellectual development of infants and young children, Dr. Stanley Greenspan argues that parents, not teachers or caregivers, can most effectively encourage this development. In order for parents to do this, however, society must first face an unrecognized dilemma of major proportions. While Dr. Greenspan's research demonstrates that children in the first few years of life need intense one-to-one nurturing to develop their full cognitive and emotional abilities, over 50 percent of families are relying on out-of-home care that, for the most part, does not provide such nurture. In order to resolve this dilemma, he offers a radical redefinition of family life. Without suggesting that either parent give up a career, he presents a wide variety of practical solutions that make children the top priority-and the equal responsibility-of both parents. He vividly describes "tag team" care, serial careers, other ways to balance at-home care and daycare, ways to make the new technologies that allow working at home a benefit for both adult and child, and the "four-thirds solution," in which both parents work two-thirds of the time.A Merloyd Lawrence Book

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Stanley I. Greenspan, MD, is a clinical professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at George Washington University Medical School and chair of the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders. He is a practicing child psychiatrist, the founding president of Zero to Three: The National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families, and the author or editor of more than 35 influential books. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland. Ira Glovinsky, PhD, is a practicing psychologist specializing in children with bipolar patterns of mood dysregulation and their families, and is engaged in clinical research regarding early onset bipolar disorder. He is the founder and clinical director of the Village Educational Center in Beverley Hills, Michigan, a therapeutic preschool for children with regulatory disorders. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Cindy Glovinsky, MSW, is a psychotherapist and author of "Making Peace with the Things in Your Life" and "One Thing at a Time," She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Salmon is staff writer for the Washington Post, is the mother of two young children and has lived the very issues outlined in this book.
Published October 1, 2001 by Da Capo Press. 256 pages
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Greenspan and journalist Salmon offer a specific solution: both parents should cut back to two-thirds time at work (two-thirds times two adds up to the book's title) and spend the time saved with their preschool kids.

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