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Why Have Kids? A New Mom Explores the Truth about Parenting and Happiness

ISBN-10: 0547892616
ISBN-13: 9780547892610
Edition: 2012
Authors: Jessica Valenti
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Book details

List price: $33.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade & Reference Publishers
Publication date: 9/4/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 208
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.94" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

If parenting is making Americans unhappy, if it's impossible to "have it all," if people don't have the economic, social, or political structures needed to support parenting, then why do it?In Why Have Kids?, Jessica Valenti asks this the controversial—but necessary—question. Through on-the-ground reporting, new scientific studies, and her own burgeoning motherhood, Valenti offers an in-depth exposé into the world of having (and not having) children. She cites shocking statistics about parental happiness and child care, new science that's shaking up the parent-advice industry, and stories from a generation of parents who are finding out that having kids isn't all they thought it would be.Why Have Kids? presents startling, new material that will change the way you think about the age-old questions of children, parenting, and happiness.

Introduction
Lies
Children Make You Happy
Women Are the Natural Parent
Breast Is Best
Children Need Their Parents
"The Hardest Job in the World"
Mother Knows Best
Truth
Giving Up on Parenthood
"Bad" Mothers Go to Jail
Smart Women Don't Have Kids
Death of the Nuclear Family
Women Should Work
Why Have Kids?
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
About the Author

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