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Family Counterculture Ellen Goodman Summary

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Many descriptive words are used throughout the essay “Family Counterculture” by Ellen Goodman, to explain how hard it is to raise children. “Mothers and fathers are expected to screen virtually every aspect of their children’s lives.” This is one of the ways she defends the point that parenting has changed and has gotten harder. Even though parenting has changed “all you need to join is a child.”

In paragraph five and seven the author says “parental responsibility” a couple times. She is trying to emphasize parents are expected to take care of certain things. She informs us that corporations today are trying to say certain things are the parents fault. “We don't need bans… We need parents who know how to say no.” In this culture it is the
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