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All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood (original 2014; edição 2014)

por Jennifer Senior (Autor)

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Thousands of books have examined the effects of parents on their children. But almost none have thought to ask: 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 fi nest 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.… (mais)
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Título:All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood
Autores:Jennifer Senior (Autor)
Informação:Ecco (2014), Edition: F First Edition, 320 pages
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Yes, yes, YES. Senior offers a wonderful exploration of parenthood in the modern age. I was fascinated to read the science and statistics behind many things that I already inherently knew to be true. Also, the vignettes of other parents and their children were very touching. Reading All Joy I recognized many of my own experiences reflected on the pages. ( )
  mbellucci | Apr 10, 2021 |
Unique take on a parenting book in that it examines the effect children have on parents rather than vice-versa. Jennifer Senior has presented a well-written, well-researched book that is informative and engaging. She provides multiple answers to the seemingly simple question of why parenthood is so difficult -- and why we even spend energy mulling it over. The evolution of childhood over the last century is fascinating and the ways parenting has changed over the last few decades is startling. (e.g. "Parent" didn't even appear as a verb until 1970 -- it has become something we actively do vs. a role or a description) Senior also noted that although Dads are more involved now than at any time inn history, it is still mothers who bear the brunt of the daily grind and the majority of the nagging duties (homework, chores, behavior, etc.) Despite the venting and negative outlooks of some of the research subjects, the book never gets mired in whining, but instead has the uplifting message of joy being at the heart of raising a family, albeit buried under the drudgery of day-to-day tasks. This would make a great gift for new parents or parents-to-be (assuming they'd have time to read it! :) ( )
  CarrieWuj | Oct 24, 2020 |
Unless you fit in the narrow category of American middle class, you will unlikely relate (maybe Canadian anglophones will too?). There is so much cultural bias, with so little willingness to look beyond that rut that this book provides little value. In fairness to Senior, she does specify her scope as well as the descriptive - rather than prescriptive - nature of her book. However, the flimsiness of her research and anecdotal approach hardly make it a sociological study. She writes well, though, when not hampered by her pedantic tendencies (she actually uses the words excoriate and obstreperous in one sentence).

Not my cup of tea. ( )
  Cecilturtle | May 13, 2020 |
I’ve disavowed most “parenting” books but this one is a true breath of air, and not about how to parent but why it’s even a verb “to parent.” At turns validating and elucidating, Senior mixes scientific research on the relationships between parents and kids with anecdotes from people who sound like my friends and me. One of the more influential books I’ve read recently. ( )
  barrettlucero | Aug 23, 2019 |
So far, this book really rings true, and is refreshingly even-handed and non-judgemental.

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Now that I've finished - I loved this book. It really resonated with me. ( )
  decaturmamaof2 | Nov 28, 2018 |
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Senior’s book explores the effects of children on parents—particularly, based on the bulk of her interviews and research, mothers. [...] Senior ... turns childrearing literature on its head by writing about the role children play in their parents’ lives. [...] Senior emphasizes that delayed child-bearing and family planning mean that today’s parents can focus on their children in ways they didn’t, and couldn’t, before.
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Thousands of books have examined the effects of parents on their children. But almost none have thought to ask: 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 fi nest 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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