Three books argue how improving the way society treats parents and their children is in all our interest.

One thing I used to know: writing about motherhood was twee. Then I had a child and couldn't stop.

I realise now that I had fallen for the myth: that the topic of parenting is narcissistic and insignificant. This view holds that it is the world beyond the familial front door where the serious stuff happens, like the economy, business or politics, away from the housework, caring and love.

That I had once had some sympathy with such sexism makes me feel

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