Journalist Jennifer Senior Examines The Paradox of Modern Parenthood and Asks: What Effect Do Children Have on Their Parents?

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May 27, 2014
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Journalist Jennifer Senior Examines The Paradox of Modern Parenthood and Asks: What Effect Do Children Have on Their Parents?

Thousands of books have examined the effects of parents on their children. But what are the effects of children on their parents?

New York magazine's Jennifer Senior addresses that question in a discussion of her new book, All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood, on Thursday, June 5, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Senior doesn't dispense parenting advice. She instead examines the history and changing definition of what it means to be a parent, analyzing the many ways in which children reshape their parents' lives - whether it's their marriages, jobs, habits, hobbies, friendships, or internal sense of self. Drawing from history, sociology, economics, psychology, philosophy, and anthropology, she dissects both the timeless elements of parenting and more recent developments.

Along the way, Senior delivers a series of family portraits, starting with parents of young children and progressing to parents of teens. Through lively storytelling, she follows these mothers and fathers as they wrestle with some of parenthood's deepest vexations - and luxuriate in some of its finest rewards.

As a contributing editor for New York magazine, Senior has written about pop culture, social science, and politics.

Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. RSVP at kclibrary.orgor call 816.701.3407. Free parking is available in the Library District parking garage at 10th & Baltimore. 

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