Family life is just like a business for middle-class parents

UK Telegraph 04 Oct 06
Middle-class parents are bringing business-like attitudes to family life so that they can successfully juggle career and children, claims a report today. It cites the rise in video links to nurseries and the popularity of tracking technology, which enables parents to keep tabs on the nanny or childminder, as evidence that parenting is being “professionalised”.Men and women are also taking “executive decisions” to delay having families until their finances are healthy enough to secure the “right” house, private school and upbringing for their child. The Changing Face of Parenting report, by the Future Foundation, a think-tank, refers to the age of “super parents” and dismisses the notion that family life is in decline.