Jeni V, Reviewer
The Parent Trap proposes an interesting prospective. Hilger divides the tasks of parents into two main focuses: love/care and skill building. Hilger's argument and the premise of this book is that all parents come to parenting with different levels of ability to teach their children skills. Until we invest as a society in providing equality in skill building training to all children, we continue to build inequality and place unreasonable and unachievable burdens on parents. Removing this burden from parents allows them to focus on the aspect of parenting most parents are fully capable of doing and don't need extra training to be able to do: loving and caring for their family. Overall, I believe Hilger does an incredible job in arguing this and providing research to support his statements. It definitely opened my eyes to the lack of investment our government makes into children versus other groups.