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“Parenting Now” the focus of week-long series on PBS NEWSHOUR

A conversation with Jennifer Senior on her book, “All Joy and No Fun” kicks off series

On Monday, May 5th (Check local listings), PBS NewsHour begins a week-long look at “Parenting Now”— examining the challenges, concerns and financial issues that modern parents face. The series starts with a report about parents trying to achieve the right balance at a time when traditional roles have changed.

Following the report, Judy Woodruff interviews Jennifer Senior, author of the book “All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood.”  Woodruff speaks with Senior about how children change the lives of middle-class parents, the choices parents face and the idea of competitive parenting.  

The NewsHour’s series continues throughout the week, on-air and online, with planned broadcast segments exploring different facets of modern parenthood (All air-dates are subject to change based on news developments – check local listings), including:

  • Tuesday, May 6, 2014: Raising Girls – Gwen Ifill discusses the concerns associated with girls and marketing, gender stereotypes and learning leadership.
  • Wednesday, May 7, 2014: Raising Boys – Gwen Ifill focuses on challenges that are increasingly associated with boys, including the academic gap with girls, role models and more.
  • Thursday, May 8, 2014: The Affordability of Good Child Care – Economics Correspondent Paul Solman looks at the struggles that many mothers and fathers face in securing quality child care at an affordable price.
  • Friday, May 9, 2014: The Overprotected Kid – Judy Woodruff interviews journalist Hanna Rosin on her recent Atlantic Cover article on whether we've gone too far in our preoccupation with safety. 

Online, at, the NewsHour plans the following features:

  • A look at parenting around the world, including a list detailing the best and worst countries to be a mom.
  • Tips from “Cinderella Ate My Daughter” author Peggy Orenstein on how to navigate “princess culture.”
  • An article on closing the academic gap for boys – what can parents do?
  • A Q&A with director of “The Mask You Live In,” Jennifer Siebel Newsom, on raising boys to become men.
  • A Twitter chat with Jennifer Senior and Hanna Rosin.
  • An examination of when “time outs” and taking away iPods don’t work – is it time to reexamine how we punish our kids?

PBS NEWSHOUR is seen by over four million weekly viewers and is also available online, via public radio in select markets and via podcast. The program is produced with WETA Washington, D.C., and in association WNET in New York. Major corporate funding for PBS NewsHour is provided by BAE Systems, BNSF and Charles Schwab with additional support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Carnegie Corporation of New York, the J. Paul Getty Trust, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, National Science Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Friends of the NewsHour and others.