Jennifer Senior at TED2014, The Next Chapter, Session 11 - Unstressed, March 17-21, 2014, Vancouver Convention Center, Vancouver, Canada. Photo: Ryan Lash

Who is Jennifer Senior?

Who is Jennifer Senior?

Jennifer Senior is a social scientist, parenthood expert, a writer for New York Magazine and The Times, and a mother. She wrote a best-selling book, All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood. The book stayed for six months on the list of top 10 books for 2014. Senior lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son.

Senior has been writing for nearly 20 years. She wrote cover stories about social science, politics, mental health. Her curiosity led her to write profiles for Obama and Clintons. Doing interviews and discussing topics like psychology, IQ testing in kids, loneliness and so much more.

As a journalist, Senior wrote many book reviews, with an eye for detail and sense of context. She was always able to dive deep right into the heart of the matter to reveal to us what these books wanted to tell us. She truly is a journalist of the highest caliber.

In 2010, she wrote a story called “All Joy and No Fun: Why Parents Hate Parenting,” She did not anticipate the surprised reaction to the story. In the story she tried to investigate modern parenting from a social science lens, delving into research from Danny Kahneman and Dan Gilbert among others. In addition to more anthropological studies about parents and children and how they relate to each other. She deduced that kids do not contribute to their parent’s happiness. In fact, they set back their happiness.

She then decided that this is a subject she wanted to research more, so she wrote her book after doing more research and studies in social sciences, and how modern Americans behave around their children, how they raise them, and how they interact with them. She also explores the parent’s frustrations and broken expectations while raising their children, in her witty and wise writing style, and vast knowledge as an anthropology major.

The level of distress that parents handling teenage kids felt, emotionally moved her. Which is that like having a teen making them question all of their life choices? In her book, she explores these findings in-depth, and answers questions like, did I raise my kid right? Did I make the right thing with my career because now that my son is rejecting me it is the only place I can be happy besides my marriage? Did I choose the right spouse?

In her book, she concludes that miserable parents are not alone, and it is okay not to feel delighted all the time. It is an accurate profile of the modern American family in our contemporary age, full of surprising insights for patents and written by someone who earned many awards.

Senior won several writing awards, such as the Erikson Institute Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media in 2011, the GLAAD award in 2002. Senior also gave a fantastic TED Talk about how children change their parents live. All in all, her book is a fresh perspective, different than most parenting books that haunts the shelfs of all bookstores everywhere.

Post written by Travis Franfurt, who also writes for CheckMaid, Business2Community, and TheOnion.