Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Do Rice Daddies Hate Parenting?

You've no doubt read the flurry of reactions that followed writer Jennifer Senior's New York Magazine cover story earlier this month, "All Joy and No Fun: Why Parents Hate Parenting." Last week, NPR's Tell Me More with Michel Martin devoted its regular parenting segment, "Mocha Moms," to discussing the article.

Today, I joined Keith Morton of African American Dad (who I had the pleasure of speaking with in 2008 and 2009 on Tell Me More's pre-Father's Day roundtables), Paul Fidalgo of Bloc Raisonneur, New York Magazine writer Jennifer Senior, and host Michel Martin to lend a dad's perspective on the issue.

I think it was a pretty good discussion, and would love to hear your opinions here. (Oh, and this was my 1-and-a-half-year-old's NPR debut! LOL--didn't realized she'd be that loud!)


bigWOWO said...

Great podcast, J! I blogged about it here:


I tend to agree with the article, that parenting doesn't necessarily boost happiness. Of course this differs from person to person, but as a general rule, I think parenting just happens to be one of many paths that people choose. I know so many people my age who are married without children, and they are fine with the lifestyles they've chosen.

About the podcast: I thought it was too early for Paul Fidalgo to say much about fatherhood. He's a bright guy with a great attitude, but he's only been doing it for seven months! I think it would've been more interesting if they had interviewed at least one person with teenagers who has been through the diapers, piano lessons, organized sports, junior prom, etc.

Beta Dad said...

Weird. I had many problems leaving a comment. Somehow I got onto a screen that didn't look like the regular blogger comment form. Probably my poor navigation skills.

Anyway, I went ahead and wrote a response to the article and the NPR show on Daddy Dialectic.

Here's a link.


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Oddly enough I was working on a post about it.

It's up now:

Too loaded a topic for just one comment. It was a good article and a good NPR piece. I liked that you provided a background for your comment. I think it is important. I wish during the conversation culture would have been brought more into the forefront. Jennifer identifies in her article that the studies were done with middle class parents. Was culture a factor?