From an anthropological perspective it is no mystery why humans have children, but as a parent of two some days I wonder. Jennifer Senior, in her absorbing first book, “All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood, ” explores the realities of parenthood. Yes, this has been done before, but Senior, a contributing editor for New York magazine, has produced an absorbing read that combines interviews with families, concepts from philosophy and psychology as well as an impressive amount of social science research. She examines how the experience of parenting has changed and the impact that fact has had on child development and parental quality of life. If you are in the slightest bit interested in parenting constructs or if you have ever asked yourself, “how did I get here?” this book deserves a look.
For a more in depth book review please go to: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/02/books/review/all-joy-and-no-fun-by-jennifer-senior.html?_r=0
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