Modern Culture

Swapna Mirashi

Jennifer Senior: For parents, happiness is a very high bar

Why is parenthood filled with so much anxiety? Because the goal of modern, middle-class parents—to raise happy children—is so elusive. The parenting section of the bookstore is a proof to this. It is “a giant, candy-colored monument to our collective panic,” as writer Jennifer Senior puts it.

In this Ted Talk, the speaker explores parenting in today’s world and the confusion and anxiety associated with it.