08/18/2014 02:14 pm ET Updated Aug 18, 2014

The Mental-Health Toll Of Being A ‘Super Parent'

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Carrie Wendel-Hummell, a doctoral student in sociology at the University of Kansas, had some depressing things to say about the current challenges of being a parent in the United States in an address she gave at the American Sociological Association's annual meeting in California. Some of these challenges, revealed during interviews Wendel-Hummell conducted with parents, come down to familiar class concerns: Poor parents "mentioned ongoing struggles to tend to their infant's basic needs in the face of low wages and job insecurity, as well as to secure affordable quality childcare, reliable transportation, and safe housing."

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