The Paradox of Modern Parenthood
On Sale: January 28, 2014
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Thousands of books have examined the effects of parents on
their children. In All Joy and No Fun, award-winning
journalist Jennifer Senior now asks: what are the effects of
children on their parents?
All Joy and No Fun, award-winning
journalist Jennifer Senior tries to tackle this
question, isolating and analyzing the many ways in which
children reshape their parents' lives, whether it's their
marriages, their jobs, their habits, their hobbies, their
friendships, or their internal senses of self. She argues
that changes in the last half century have radically altered
the roles of today's mothers and fathers, making their
mandates at once more complex and far less
Recruiting from a wide variety of sources—in
history, sociology, economics, psychology, philosophy, and
anthropology—she dissects both the timeless strains of
parenting and the ones that are brand new, and then brings
her research to life in the homes of ordinary parents around
the country. The result is an unforgettable series of family
portraits, starting with parents of young children and
progressing to parents of teens. Through lively and
accessible storytelling, Senior follows these mothers and
fathers as they wrestle with some of parenthood's deepest
vexations—and luxuriate in some of its finest
Meticulously researched yet imbued with
emotional intelligence, All Joy and No Fun makes us
reconsider some of our culture's most basic beliefs about
parenthood, all while illuminating the profound ways
children deepen and add purpose to our lives. By focusing on
parenthood, rather than parenting, the
book is original and essential reading for mothers and
fathers of today—and tomorrow.
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