M. B. Robinson

New Haven, CT
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  • Why Have Kids?

  • A New Mom Explores the Truth About Parenting and Happiness
  • By: Jessica Valenti
  • Narrated by: Emily Beresford
  • Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
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In Why Have Kids?, Valenti explores these controversial questions through on-the-ground reporting, startling new research, and her own unique experiences as a mom. She moves beyond the black and white “mommy wars” over natural parenting, discipline, and work-life balance to explore a more nuanced reality: one filled with ambivalence, joy, guilt, and exhaustion. Would-be parents must navigate the decision to have children amidst a daunting combination of cultural expectations and hard facts.

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  • Useful for Parents, Parents-To-Be, & Non-Parents

  • By Nadine on 11-09-13

An Important Book

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Reviewed: 01-05-17

This is an important read for anyone -- male or female (but especially female) -- considering having children. Valenti doesn't necessarily try to talk people out of having kids, but she presents some statistics that differ greatly from the widespread societal myth that parenthood completes us. She also presents some real solutions for different approaches to parenthood than the current norm that could result in greater happiness and fulfillment for everyone involved.