Faith Middleton Show: Fast-Forward Family

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Faith Middleton Show: Fast-Forward Family
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Faith Middleton Show: Fast-Forward Family

In a study by the UCLA Sloan Center on Everyday Lives and Families, researchers tracked the daily lives of 32 dualworker middle class Los Angeles families between 2001 and 2004. The results are startling, and enlightening. Called "the most unusually voyeuristic anthropology study ever conducted" by The New York Times, Fast-Forward Family shines light on a variety of issues that face American families: the differing stress levels among parents; the problem of excessive clutter in the American home; the importance (and decline) of the family meal; the vanishing boundaries that once separated work and home life; and the challenges for parents as they try to reconcile ideals regarding what it means to be a good parent, a good worker, and a good spouse.

Today we’ll look at family life in the 21st century with Elinor Ochs, co-editor of Fast-Forward Family.