All Joy and No Fun

All Joy and No Fun is original and essential reading for mothers and fathers of today - and tomorrow.

Author: Jennifer Senior

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780349005522

Category: Social Science

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Award-winning journalist Jennifer Senior tries to tackle the issue of the effects of children on their parents, 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 finest rewards. 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. All Joy and No Fun is original and essential reading for mothers and fathers of today - and tomorrow.

Balancing the Big Stuff

Jennifer Senior, “All Joy and No Fun: Why Parents Hate Parenting,” New York, July 4, 2010, http://nymag.com/news/features/67024. 2. Daniel Kahneman et al., “A Survey Method for Characterizing Daily Life Experience: The Day ...

Author: Miriam Liss

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781442223363

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 328

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This book considers the obstacles that prevent families from achieving true work-family balance. Clarifying what it means to be happy, and what it means to “have it all,” Miriam Liss and Holly Schiffrin illustrate how to achieve true contentment, outlining ways men and women can get more enjoyment and happiness both at home and the office.

The Manager Mom Epidemic

How Moms Got Stuck Doing Everything for Their Families and What They Can Do About It Thomas Phelan ... Matthew Killingsworth, interview by Jennifer Senior, February 6, 2013, in Jennifer Senior, All Joy and No Fun (New York: Ecco, 2014).

Author: Thomas Phelan

Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.

ISBN: 9781492694502

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 272

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Are you a mom who does it all? This is the book for you. It's impossible to deny—most moms continue to do way more household work and childcare than most dads. Working full time, raising kids, cooking dinner, making sure every appointment and activity is lined up and that everyone gets there on time... no wonder you're tired! But despite all the books and articles lamenting the crushing mental load and emotional labor women bear for their families, no one has come up with a plan to actually make things change. Until now. The Manager Mom Epidemic is the first book that not only acknowledges the fact that moms are burning out, but shows you how to transfer responsibility for daily tasks from yourself to your partner and also (gasp!) your kids. Clinical psychologist and child discipline expert Thomas W. Phelan, PhD explains how we got into this mess in the first place, and how we can get out of it through a calm, systematic approach to teaching our families how to take initiative and contribute in meaningful ways. Dr. Phelan walks you through real-life situations and shows you how to step back from the things that are dragging you down. For example: Your Maternal Identity—the things you tell yourself you have to do in order to be a "good" mom The oppressive trap of chronic supervision Our society's curious underestimation of children's capabilities How to eliminate primary childcare with tweens and teens How to manager resistant or traditionalist dads Realistic and simple enough to implement in your home right away, The Manager Mom Epidemic provides a roadmap for you to take your life back and proves that the happiest families share the work and the fun equally.

On Birth

Christy Raj has done some interesting work on gender in C. S. Lewis's Space trilogy, which you here: withhandsopen.com. ... Jennifer Senior, All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood (New York: HarperCollins, 2014), 43. 4.

Author: Timothy Keller

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781529325706

Category: Religion

Page: 144

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There are few events as significant and life-altering as birth, marriage, and death. These are the moments in which we experience our greatest happiness and our deepest grief. And so it is profoundly important to understand these events and their religious and spiritual significance in the course of our lives. In On Birth, Timothy Keller - brilliant theologian and bestselling author - takes us on a journey into the Christian meaning of birth and baptism. With wisdom, joy and compassion, Keller teaches us to understand birth and baptism through the lessons embedded within the Bible. The perfect gift for someone who is about to become a parent, On Birth is a short, powerful book that gives us the tools to understand the miracle and meaning of birth and baptism within God's vision of life. 'A Christian intellectual who takes on the likes of Nietzsche, Marx, and Freud.' The Wall Street Journal

Leading from Purpose

All Joy and No Fun: Why Parents Hate Parenting.” New York Magazine (4 July 2010), http://nymag.com/news/features/67024/. In her article “All Joy and No Fun,” ... Senior, Jennifer. All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenting.

Author: Nick Craig

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781473693272

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 320

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'Will transform your leadership as you discover your authentic purpose' Bill George, former Chair and CEO of Medtronic 'Working with Craig dramatically changed my professional path and I can't imagine leading Ben & Jerry's without it' Jostein Solheim, CEO of Ben & Jerry's Drawing on ten years of experience working with more than 10,000 executives from companies around the world, Nick Craig takes you on a revelatory journey to understand your purpose, find clarity and focus and lead with inspiration. When uncovered, purpose becomes our most fundamental guiding principle. Explaining where true purpose lies and demystifying where it doesn't, Craig offers the methods through which anyone can find their purpose. He identifies three pathways that will assess where you are going with your purpose and where you should be going. In Leading from Purpose, Craig shares unique stories to show how top leaders are energized by their purpose, finding in it the confidence they need to properly evaluate high-stakes decisions and take the optimal action. Accessible, methodical and eminently practical, this book offers the comprehensive toolbox with which everyone - whether a c-suite executive or a behind-the-scenes office worker - can live out their purpose and achieve success on their own terms.

A Marriage of Equals

Jennifer Senior, “All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenting,” New York Magazine, July 4, 2010, https://www.google.com/searchd-jennifertseniorrall joy-and-no-fun-new-york magazine:2010&oq=Jen&aqs=chrome1.69í57;6915913jol2.50 8.

Author: Catherine E. Aponte PsyD

Publisher: She Writes Press

ISBN: 9781631524981

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 248

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Negotiating collaboratively in your committed relationship is a new way to achieve individual and marital goals, to resolve differences equitably, to manage conflicts, to create and sustain a satisfying sex life, to figure out where you stand on fidelity, to think about having and caring for kids, and to have committed careers and a satisfying family life. Negotiating collaboratively supports you and your partner seeing yourselves simultaneously as individuals and as a couple—enhances the sense of “being in this together” while also having individual life plans. Negotiating collaboratively supports valuing each other as individuals before seeing each other as husband and wife, and allows modern couples to challenge old gender trappings that can undermine the achievement of balance in a committed relationship. Straightforward and accessible, A Marriage of Equals offers couples a road map for how to negotiate collaboratively around the most essential aspects of a committed relationship—and, in doing so, create the equitable marriage they long for.

Play Anything

understand a medium like electric light or television or the Internet, it's necessary not only to understand that medium's properties (the figure) but also ... Take the journalist Jennifer Senior's best-selling book All Joy and No Fun.

Author: Ian Bogost

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780465096503

Category: Science

Page: 288

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How filling life with play-whether soccer or lawn mowing, counting sheep or tossing Angry Birds -- forges a new path for creativity and joy in our impatient age Life is boring: filled with meetings and traffic, errands and emails. Nothing we'd ever call fun. But what if we've gotten fun wrong? In Play Anything, visionary game designer and philosopher Ian Bogost shows how we can overcome our daily anxiety; transforming the boring, ordinary world around us into one of endless, playful possibilities. The key to this playful mindset lies in discovering the secret truth of fun and games. Play Anything, reveals that games appeal to us not because they are fun, but because they set limitations. Soccer wouldn't be soccer if it wasn't composed of two teams of eleven players using only their feet, heads, and torsos to get a ball into a goal; Tetris wouldn't be Tetris without falling pieces in characteristic shapes. Such rules seem needless, arbitrary, and difficult. Yet it is the limitations that make games enjoyable, just like it's the hard things in life that give it meaning. Play is what happens when we accept these limitations, narrow our focus, and, consequently, have fun. Which is also how to live a good life. Manipulating a soccer ball into a goal is no different than treating ordinary circumstances- like grocery shopping, lawn mowing, and making PowerPoints-as sources for meaning and joy. We can "play anything" by filling our days with attention and discipline, devotion and love for the world as it really is, beyond our desires and fears. Ranging from Internet culture to moral philosophy, ancient poetry to modern consumerism, Bogost shows us how today's chaotic world can only be tamed-and enjoyed-when we first impose boundaries on ourselves.

Swimming Upstream

All joy and no fun: The paradox of modern parenthood. New York: HarperCollins. Elkind, D. (2006). The hurried child—25th anniversary edition. Boston: De Capo. Chua, A. (2011). Battle hymn of the tiger mother. New York: Penguin.

Author: Laura Hensley Choate

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780199391134

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 279

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Many of today's parents struggle with their approach in raising a healthy daughter within our complex culture. Never before have girls been faced with so many pressures to live up to confusing and often contradictory cultural expectations. These burdens are intense, newly evolving, and are affecting girls at earlier and earlier ages. As girls of all ages listen to the messages of popular culture, they gather that their worth is based upon a perfect appearance, the ability to gain attention and approval from others, and their accrual of accomplishments. As girls absorb these expectations, they begin to believe they are not good enough as they are. They are not able to develop an authentic sense of self because they lose themselves in trying to become what the culture dictates. It is not surprising that with all of these pressures, girls are experiencing stress, emptiness, and skyrocketing rates of mental health problems. Parents know that something is very wrong with today's culture, but they can't quite put a name on the problem. Many feel helpless as popular cultural influences pervade modern life at every turn. This book, however, provides parents with reassurance that their influence can make a significant difference in their daughters' development. Parents are empowered to make positive choices to help girls learn to resist cultural pressures and to successfully navigate the transitions they will face in their journey as girls in today's culture. Written in an engaging, practical style, Laura Choate draws from research and counseling literature to provide parents with tools they can use to teach their daughters the power of resilience. The book begins with a portrait of the contemporary adolescent girl's environment, including an in-depth exploration of cultural pressures and an overview of how these pressures influence girls' physical, cognitive, and social development. In the second part of the book, parents learn about five resilience dimensions that girls need not only to survive, but to thrive as they develop during girlhood and adolescence. Practical tools for instilling resilience regarding girls' positive body image, healthy relationships with friends and romantic partners, and management of high-pressure academic environments through a redefinition of what it means to be successful are all discussed extensively.

Unfinished Business

“Because so many of us” Senior, All Joy and No Fun, p. 7. “We ourselves want to be needed” Milton Mayeroff, On Caring (New York: Harper & Row, 1971), p. xv, quoting Andras Angyal. On her trips back home Katrin Bennhold, When Dad Becomes ...

Author: Anne-Marie Slaughter

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781780745091

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 336

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Longlisted for the Orwell Prize for Books 2016 Shortlisted for the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award 2015 When Anne-Marie Slaughter's Atlantic article, "Why Women Still Can't Have it All" first appeared, it immediately went viral, sparking a firestorm of debate across countries and continents. Within four days, it had become the most-read article in the history of the magazine. In the following months, Slaughter became a leading voice in the discussion on work-life balance and on women's changing role in the workplace. Now, Slaughter is here with her eagerly anticipated take on the problems we still face, and how we can finally get past them. In her pragmatic, down-to-earth style, Slaughter bursts the bubble on all the "half-truths" we tell young women about "having it all", and explains what is really necessary to get true gender equality, both in the workplace and at home. Deeply researched, and filled with all the warm, wise and funny anecdotes that first made her the most trusted and admired voice on the issue, Anne-Marie Slaughter's book is sure to change minds, ignite debate and be the topic of conversation.

Motherhood Without All the Rules

We become stuck in this paradox, because while motherhood can feel meaningful, fulfilling, and fun, all parents know that more often, parenting is plain, old-fashioned hard work. In her book titled All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of ...

Author: Maggie Combs

Publisher: Moody Publishers

ISBN: 9780802498045

Category: Religion

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Ditch Pressure for Freedom in Christ Any mom who has tried to create a godly home for her family knows it doesn’t happen automatically. Through books, blogs, and Instagram accounts, culture asserts that good moms must follow certain standards and abide by certain rules if she want what’s best for her children. She must do everything she can—and she must do it all just right. Following the suggested steps and recommended rules may seem best, but what if we’re missing the point? This is something Maggie Combs came to realize while seeking to be a good mom to her three sons. Though the world around us may have critical expectations and rules for mothering, Christ instead calls moms to an intimate, abiding relationship with a triune God. In Motherhood Without All the Rules, Maggie identifies the main “rules” moms today often feel pressured to follow and counters them with gospel truth. You’ll discover how the character of each member of the trinity practically impacts your role as a mom. Join Maggie in forgetting the rules, so that instead of being a good mom, you grow to become a holy mom.

Handing Down the Faith

Children also throw a curve ball into this model of family , since they do not choose their parents and family , which ... Also see Jennifer Senior , All Joy and No Fun : The Paradox of Modern Parenting ( New York : Harper Collins ...

Author: Christian Smith

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780190093327

Category: Religion

Page: 264

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"This book is about how American religious parents approach the handing on of their religious practices and beliefs to their children. We know a lot about the importance of parents in faith transmission and factors that influence its effectiveness. But we know much less about the actual beliefs, feelings, and activities of the parents themselves when it comes to the intergenerational transmission of religious faith and practice"--

Why Have Children

However, many people do not accept Caplan's message. In an article scarily titled “All Joy and No Fun: Why Parents Hate Parenting,” Jennifer Senior (2010) cites a variety of empirical evidence that “parents are less happy than ...

Author: Christine Overall

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262300513

Category: Philosophy

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A wide-ranging exploration of whether or not choosing to procreate can be morally justified—and if so, how. In contemporary Western society, people are more often called upon to justify the choice not to have children than they are to supply reasons for having them. In this book, Christine Overall maintains that the burden of proof should be reversed: that the choice to have children calls for more careful justification and reasoning than the choice not to. Arguing that the choice to have children is not just a prudential or pragmatic decision but one with ethical repercussions, Overall offers a wide-ranging exploration of how we might think systematically and deeply about this fundamental aspect of human life. Writing from a feminist perspective, she also acknowledges the inevitably gendered nature of the decision; the choice has different meanings, implications, and risks for women than it has for men. After considering a series of ethical approaches to procreation, and finding them inadequate or incomplete, Overall offers instead a novel argument. Exploring the nature of the biological parent-child relationship—which is not only genetic but also psychological, physical, intellectual, and moral—she argues that the formation of that relationship is the best possible reason for choosing to have a child.

Under the Sky We Make

Chapter 5 85 Long - term happiness depends on close relationships : Liz Mineo , " Good Genes Are Nice , but Joy Is Better , " The Harvard Gazette ... 85 " all joy and no fun " : Jennifer Senior , All Joy and No Fun : The Paradox of ...

Author: Kimberly Nicholas PhD

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780593328187

Category: Science

Page: 336

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It's warming. It's us. We're sure. It's bad. But we can fix it. After speaking to the international public for close to fifteen years about sustainability, climate scientist Dr. Nicholas realized that concerned people were getting the wrong message about the climate crisis. Yes, companies and governments are hugely responsible for the mess we're in. But individuals CAN effect real, significant, and lasting change to solve this problem. Nicholas explores finding purpose in a warming world, combining her scientific expertise and her lived, personal experience in a way that seems fresh and deeply urgent: Agonizing over the climate costs of visiting loved ones overseas, how to find low-carbon love on Tinder, and even exploring her complicated family legacy involving supermarket turkeys. In her astonishing book Under the Sky We Make, Nicholas does for climate science what Michael Pollan did more than a decade ago for the food on our plate: offering a hopeful, clear-eyed, and somehow also hilarious guide to effecting real change, starting in our own lives. Saving ourselves from climate apocalypse will require radical shifts within each of us, to effect real change in our society and culture. But it can be done. It requires, Dr. Nicholas argues, belief in our own agency and value, alongside a deep understanding that no one will ever hand us power--we're going to have to seize it for ourselves.

The World Is Our Classroom

All Joy and No Fear? In her 2015 book, All Joy and No Fun, Jennifer Senior pinpoints the fundamental paradox of modern parenthood: Children are the source of indescribably profound joy, but parenting requires such a massive outlay of ...

Author: Jennie Germann Molz

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 9781479891689

Category: Social Science

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How travelling the world allows new ways to educate children and perform family life on the move A growing number of families are selling their houses, quitting their jobs, and taking their children out of traditional school settings to educate them while traveling the globe. In The World is Our Classroom, Jennie Germann Molz explores the hopes and anxieties that drive these parents and children to leave their comfortable lives behind out of a desire to live the “good life” on the move. Drawing on interviews with parents and stories from the blogs they publish during their journeys, as well as her own experience traveling the world with her ten-year-old son, Germann Molz takes us inside a fascinating life spent on trains, boats, and planes. She shows why many parents—disillusioned with standard public schooling—believe the world is a child’s best classroom. Rebelling against convention, these parents combine technology and travel to pursue a different version of the good life, one in which parents can work remotely as “digital nomads,” participate in like-minded communities online, and expose their children to the risks, opportunities, and life lessons that the world has to offer. Ultimately, Germann Molz sheds light on the emerging phenomenon of “worldschooling,” showing that it is not just an alternative way to educate children, but an altogether new kind of mobile lifestyle. The World is Our Classroom paints an extreme portrait of twenty-first century parenting and some families’ attempts to raise global citizens prepared to thrive in the uncertain world of tomorrow.

Finding Meaning and Success

It involves being a giver. an All Joy and No Fun Consider the issue of raising a family. This is often not an unalloyed happy experience. Research has shown repeatedly that having children reduces people's happiness.31 Conflicts, ...

Author: Chris Palmer

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781475850543

Category: Education

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This book will help you design and create the best version of yourself. It will give you the chance to shape the kind of person you want to be, and to articulate the goals you want to achieve in your life, both professionally and personally. It will help you behave in ways that are true to your most honorable and generous self. It is a practical guide for people who are interested in leading a more meaningful and successful life, or helping others to do so. It teaches you how to author your own life and how to make commitments to yourself and others that will transform your life for the better. You’ll learn to reflect on your life, think about what really matters to you, and how to create a personal mission statement. You’ll think about your values, articulate your goals, and manage your time effectively. You’ll explore what it means to live an examined life. At the end of each chapter, there are questions to think about and actions to take that reinforce the key messages.

Cotton Wool Kids

330, No. 6006, November 2010, p. 932. 3 Cited in Senior, Jennifer, All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood (Harper Collins, New York, 2014), pp. 5–6. 4 ' Louis C.K. on Father's Day'.

Author: Stella O'Malley

Publisher: Mercier Press Ltd

ISBN: 9781781173213

Category: Family & Relationships

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What has happened to Irish childhood? Parents are keeping their children indoors for fear of predators lurking around every corner and children are spending their days in front of screens or in supervised activities, over-controlled and growing steadily fatter and more unhappy. But it doesn’t have to be like this. Commercial interests ensure parents feel anxious and filled with fear simply to sell them more stuff, when in fact childhood has never been safer; the rates of child mortality, injury and sexual abuse are lower today than at any time since records began. Cotton Wool Kids exposes the truth behind the scary stories and gives parents the information and the confidence to free themselves from the the treadmill of after-school activities and over-supervision that has become common today. The author provides parents with strategies to learn how to handle the relentless pressure from society and the media to provide a 'perfect' childhood and instead to raise their children with a more relaxed and joyful approach, more in touch with the outdoors and the community around them.

The Baby Matrix

Jennifer Senior, “All Joy and No Fun: Why Parents Hate Parenting,” New York Times Magazine, July 4, 2010, http://nymag. com/news/features/67024/, accessed July 2011. 44. Today Show, NBC, July 15, 2010. 45. Senior, “All Joy and No Fun,” ...

Author: Laura Carroll

Publisher: Laura Carroll

ISBN: 9780615617329

Category: Social Science

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In the movie The Matrix, the character Morpheus offers two pills to Neo—if he takes the blue pill, he will go on with life as he has before, believing what he has always believed. If he takes the red pill, he will find out what the “matrix” really is, and many of his earlier beliefs will be shattered. When it comes to taking a hard look at a specific set of beliefs about parenthood and reproduction that has driven our society for generations, The Baby Matrix is the red pill. The Baby Matrix looks at long-held beliefs about parenthood and reproduction, and unravels why we believe what we believe. It lays out:We commonly think our desire to have children boils down to our biological wiring, but author Laura Carroll says it’s much more than that. Unlike other books on parenthood, The Baby Matrix: Why Freeing Our Minds From Outmoded Thinking About Parenthood & Reproduction Will Create a Better World takes a serious look at powerful social and cultural influences that drive the desire for the parenthood experience, and lays out why we need to be very aware of these influences to make the most informed decisions about parenthood. -the historical origins of beliefs about parenthood and reproduction -why many of these beliefs no longer work for society or were never true in the first place -why we continue to believe them anyway -the prices society pays as a result The Baby Matrix shows us how we got here, brings to light what is true, which includes knowing about the powerful influence of “pronatalism,” and explains why society can no longer afford to leave pronatalism unquestioned. “This is not a book about convincing people not to have children,” says Carroll. “I want people to be very aware of the long-held social and cultural pressures, and be able to free themselves from those pressures when making parenthood choices. This will result in more people making the best decisions for themselves, will foster a society in which those who are best suited to become parents are the ones who have children and one that knows what it means to bring a child into the world today.” This book will make you examine your own intentions and beliefs, will rile you, and might just change your mind. Whether you are already a parent, want to become a parent, are still making up your mind, or know you don’t want children, you’ll never think about parenthood in the same way. The Baby Matrix is a must-read for anyone interested in psychology, sociology, anthropology, parenting issues, environmentalism, and social justice. But most of all, it’s for anyone, parent or not, who reveres the truth and wants the best for themselves, their families, and our world.

The Ambition Decisions

... July 7, 2017, http://www.weeklystandard.com/thegreat-day-care-sexual-abuse-panic/article/2008742. 7. Warner, Perfect Madness, 138–139. 8. Jennifer Senior, All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood (New York: HarperCollins ...

Author: Hana Schank

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780525558828

Category: Business & Economics

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"These are the 'know your value' conversations that we need to have. These women--their challenges, choices, and successes--are all of us." --Mika Brzezinski Over the last sixty years, women's lives have transformed radically from generation to generation. Without a template to follow--a way to peek into the future to catch a glimpse of what leaving this job or marrying that person might mean to us decades from now--women make important decisions blindly, groping for a way forward, winging it, and hoping it all works out. As they faced unexpectedly fraught decisions about their own lives, journalists Hana Schank and Elizabeth Wallace found themselves wondering about the women they'd graduated alongside. What happened to these women who seemed set to reap the rewards of second-wave feminism, on the brink of taking over the world? Where did their ambition lead them? So they tracked down their classmates and, over several hundred hours of interviews, gathered and mapped data about real women's lives that has been missing from our conversations about women and the workplace. Whether you're deciding if you should pass up a promotion in favor of more flex time, planning when to get pregnant, or wondering what the ramifications are of being the only person in your house who ever unloads the dishwasher, The Ambition Decisions is a guide to the changes that may seem arbitrary but are life defining, by women who've been there. Organized by theme, each chapter draws on real women's stories of facing down crisis, transition, and decision-making to illustrate broader trends Schank and Wallace observed. Each chapter wraps up with a useful bulleted list of questions to consider and tips to integrate that will guide women of all ages along the way to finding purpose and passion in work and life.

Big Picture Parents

Jennifer Senior, author of All Joy and No Fun: the Paradox of Modern Parenthood writes, There's no denying that our lives as mothers and fathers have grown much more complex, and we still don't have a new set of scripts to guide us ...

Author: Harriet Connor

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781532602535

Category: Religion

Page: 170

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Being a parent in the modern world is tough. We are often overwhelmed with fear about damaging our children, guilt about our imperfections, and confusion about our role. Harriet Connor knows these feelings well. But hers is not just another parenting book full of "shoulds and shouldn'ts" to make you feel worse. Rather, she invites you to step back and consider the bigger picture: What is the purpose of life and parenthood? What are our human limitations? How can we cope with our guilt and fear? What are our family's values and how do we pass them on? What is our family's structure and place within the wider community? When she was desperate for answers, Harriet Connor turned to the ancient wisdom of her ancestors--the Bible. She went looking for little pieces of grandmotherly advice, but what she found was a grand vision--a big picture--that made sense of both life and parenthood. Whether you are new to the Bible or have read it before, you will not regret taking time to reflect on its message, which has given comfort and guidance to generations of parents just like you.

Undecided

We'll get to them in a bit, but let's take one quick look at her parenthood example. (In 2010, journalist Jennifer Senior wrote a controversial cover story for New York Magazine entitled “All Joy and No Fun: Why Parents Hate Parenting.

Author: Barbara Kelley

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781580054027

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 224

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In a world of unprecedented opportunity—and pressure—women are struggling more than ever to make career decisions and move forward without second-guessing themselves. Young women graduate from college and believe they have to find the perfect path and then can’t decide which way to go. Undecided is an invaluable guide to this cultural phenomenon of “analysis paralysis.” Looking at both what the media and academic studies have reported on women, careers, and particularly the undecided phenomenon—as well as personal accounts from numerous women—mother and daughter Barbara and Shannon Kelley discuss how we got to this frustrating place, why it affects women in particular, and how today’s culture fuels our fears and distractions. The Kelleys cast a critical eye upon the psychology behind the pressure to choose, and they argue that if women are going to succeed in rising above the often-crippling demands of the modern world they need to take action . . . starting with a serious shift in perspective.