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"From the Ted Talk by Jennifer Senior: For parents, happiness is a very high bar"

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Once kids stopped working, the economics of parenting cgahned. Kids became, in the wrods of one brilliant if totally ruthless sociologist, "economically worthless but emotionally priceless." Rather than them wikrong for us, we bgaen to work for them, because within only a matter of decades it became clear: if we wenatd our kids to succeed, school was not enough. Today, extracurricular activities are a kid's new work, but that's work for us too, because we are the ones driving them to soccer pcaricte. Massive piles of homework are a kid's new work, but that's also work for us, because we have to check it. About three years ago, a Texas woman told something to me that totally bkore my heart. She said, almost casually, "Homework is the new dinenr." The middle class now pours all of its time and energy and resources into its kids, even though the mddile class has less and less of those things to give. Mothers now spend more time with their children than they did in 1965, when most women were not even in the workforce.

Open Cloze

Once kids stopped working, the economics of parenting _______. Kids became, in the _____ of one brilliant if totally ruthless sociologist, "economically worthless but emotionally priceless." Rather than them _______ for us, we _____ to work for them, because within only a matter of decades it became clear: if we ______ our kids to succeed, school was not enough. Today, extracurricular activities are a kid's new work, but that's work for us too, because we are the ones driving them to soccer ________. Massive piles of homework are a kid's new work, but that's also work for us, because we have to check it. About three years ago, a Texas woman told something to me that totally _____ my heart. She said, almost casually, "Homework is the new ______." The middle class now pours all of its time and energy and resources into its kids, even though the ______ class has less and less of those things to give. Mothers now spend more time with their children than they did in 1965, when most women were not even in the workforce.

Solution

  1. practice
  2. began
  3. middle
  4. changed
  5. broke
  6. working
  7. words
  8. dinner
  9. wanted

Original Text

Once kids stopped working, the economics of parenting changed. Kids became, in the words of one brilliant if totally ruthless sociologist, "economically worthless but emotionally priceless." Rather than them working for us, we began to work for them, because within only a matter of decades it became clear: if we wanted our kids to succeed, school was not enough. Today, extracurricular activities are a kid's new work, but that's work for us too, because we are the ones driving them to soccer practice. Massive piles of homework are a kid's new work, but that's also work for us, because we have to check it. About three years ago, a Texas woman told something to me that totally broke my heart. She said, almost casually, "Homework is the new dinner." The middle class now pours all of its time and energy and resources into its kids, even though the middle class has less and less of those things to give. Mothers now spend more time with their children than they did in 1965, when most women were not even in the workforce.

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Important Words

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