Beyond the word gap

(The Atlantic) Many parents are quite open about how challenging it is to be fully available to their kids, and this has been especially the case for those who are poor. Research shows that low-income parents often have less time with their children than their more-affluent counterparts, and may be under stress that imbues interactions with them. “In a way it’s all good, getting books to kids is good, talk campaigns are good, and getting parents to use text as a springboard for rich conversations is great,” said Harvard’s Richard Weissbourd, who has helped establish programs for low-income parents in Cambridge, Massachusetts. “Still, there are these very serious obstacles low-income families face.” According to the Urban Institute, lower-earning workers are more likely than others to work overnight and on weekends, and have irregular schedules without paid time off. Their hours require them to find childcare for hours that many centers are closed and commute when public transportation may not be available. These are the parents that Hart and Risley were most likely to classify as “taciturn.” Read Article

Tales2go commentary: This is an important article, basically saying we cannot solve the word gap by relying on low-income parents; it is evident that low-income parents face many challenges. Tales2go submits that solving the word gap is still the priority, and audiobooks can help.

Publication:      The Atlantic
Author:             Amy Rothschild
Publish Date:   4.22.2016