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All Joy And No Fun: The Paradox Of Modern Parenthood (2014)

by Jennifer Senior(Favorite Author)
3.84 of 5 Votes: 5
0062072226 (ISBN13: 9780062072221)
review 1: UGH. That was dismal. She chose all the most depressing families possible to interview, and I guess she assumed stay-at-home-moms (me) were obsolete because she omitted them from the conversation entirely. I have a 5-year-old and a 3-year-old and I could relate with some of it, but a lot of it I was glad to know nothing about personally. She tried to salvage it by the end (the joy! the joy! at least there's the joy!), but I think my "remembering self" will think of this book as an ode to how we modern parents are all over-thinking it.
review 2: Question to ponder: Are married people who decide to have children unhappier than those that remain childless? This book makes a strong case that, yes, we actually are. All Joy and No Fun is not a how-to-parent book,
... morebut rather an analysis of how mothers and fathers are affected by the task of raising children in modern America. So, yes, we with kids may be more stressed and miserable at times, but, the book points out, that parenthood can bring such a deep level of happiness and meaning to our lives, our children are always worth it. All joy and no fun. Who's ready to have another?! less
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children are terrifying, and now I want 5 of them.
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