What are the effects of children on their parents?

Jennifer Senior

Jennifer Senior

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 sense 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 ethe timeless strains of parenting and the ones that are brand new, and then brings her research to life in the stories 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 story-telling, Senior follows these mothers and fathers as they wrestle with some of parenthood’s deepest vexations – and luxuriate in some of its finest rewards.