This week on Where Parents Talk radio on 105.9 The Region, host Lianne Castelino speaks to Dr. Barbara Neis, leading Canadian sociologist, distinguished university professor at Memorial University in Newfoundland, researcher, member of the Order of Canada, mother, grandmother and author about a new book which she co-edited, entitled: Families, Mobility and Work.
“…a whole range of things might impact child educational achievement, that are also linked to work and mobility. So for example, just physical presence. A child’s educational achievements might be stronger if the parents are involved in their education. But if the parents are not physically available to be involved, that’s a potential threat to that relationship and to that success. And similarly, if they’re not available, or they’re stressed out, or you’ve got what we call fragile synchronicity, the work scheduling and the child scheduling just don’t mesh particularly well.
Too often, we assume that people get up in the morning and they go a short distance to work, and it’s always the same workplace, there’s only one workplace and there’s stability there. And all of our thinking around children and parenting, and all of these things takes that for granted. But there’s a huge proportion of the population for which that’s just not the case. Precarious employment is so widespread now, particularly in places like Ontario, but elsewhere as well.”