All Joy No Fun – author Jennifer Senior to speak in Princeton

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On Wednesday May 7, HiTOPS will host Jennifer Senior, New York Magazine Contributing Editor and best-selling author on parenting, for a public talk at John Witherspoon Middle School. Ms. Senior will discuss topics from her recent book “All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood”.

The author will highlight research that shows how children affect their parents and 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. Jennifer Senior states 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.

Jennifer has appeared as a featured guest on numerous programs including The Colbert Report, Charlie Rose, The Chris Matthews Show, NPR, Hardball, Morning Joe, Washington Journal with Brian Lamb, CNN/American Morning, and NBC/Today.

HiTOPS Executive Director Elizabeth Casparian, PhD states, “HiTOPS is particularly excited to bring Jennifer Senior’s presentation to Princeton because we know parents of every age child feel stressed and can use her wisdom. Senior’s writing is affirming, comforting, funny and common sense.  It’s a relief to hear someone talk to parents about parenting without preaching or blaming.”

The May 7th event begins at 7:30 PM at John Witherspoon Middle School. The talk is open to the public, but geared to an adult audience. Tickets are available through HiTOPS’ website at William Schofield, President of HiTOPS’ Board of Directors is excited for the event, saying, “HiTOPS’ Board is thrilled to host Jennifer Senior in this honest conversation with parents about what it’s like to be raising kids right now.”

HiTOPS is a non-profit organization located in Mercer County, New Jersey. HiTOPS’ ultimate goal is healthy, empowered youth who make healthy enhancing choices and avoid long-term negative health outcomes. For more information about HiTOPS, please visit

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