All Joy and No Fun:
The Paradox of Modern Parenthood
The community of parents of children of all ages/stages is invited to a conversation with author of All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood, Jennifer Senior. In this talk, Senior will explore some of the unseen forces making parents so anxious and explore what can be done to help think differently about raising children.
Sunday, Feb 1 at 10 am in the MJCC Ballroom
FREE & Open to all
Books will be available for purchase
For more information, contact Inge Hoogerhuis:
firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-244-0126.
Co-hosted by Portland Jewish Academy, PJ Library, Mittleman Jewish Community Center, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland
More about the Speaker:
All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood (Ecco), published in January 2014, is Senior’s first book. It spent six weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list and is currently being translated into nine languages. 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?
Senior tries to tackle this question, isolating and analyzing the many ways 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.
Jennifer Senior is currently a contributing editor at New York Magazine, where she writes profiles and cover stories about politics, social science, and mental health. This March, Senior spoke at both TED's annual conference and at the Sydney Opera House. She lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. with her husband and son.