All Joy And No Fun: The Paradox Of Modern Parenting

In 2010, New York magazine contributing editor Jennifer Senior’s cover story All Joy and No Fun set of a firestorm of responses in the media and blogosphere…Obviously a hot topic!

So Jennifer expanded her research and writing, resulting in the new book All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenting.

She emphasizes that this is not a How to Parent book…it’s a look at scientific research about people with kids…and it includes up close research by Jennifer…she hung out with a number of different families, in their homes, to get a feel for what other parents are going through…

One of the things she found and was eager to share with parents: whatever you’re going through is probably not that out-of-the-ordinary!

She also talks about the changing role of the child in the family…pre-WWII, kids worked for their keep in the home (so to speak) and perhaps worked outside the home (child labor…not a good thing)…and post WWII, the kids are coddled and hovered over…and everyone, parents and kids, go on and on about the need, or right, to be “Happy!”

All Joy and No Fun


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