By Jennifer Senior
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?
In 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 clear.
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 rewards.
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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