Why have kids? by Jessica Valenti is a book highlighting a new mom exploring the truth about parenting and happiness. Jessica Valenti is one of the most high-profile young feminists in America. In this book she showcases the necessary, yet controversial, question: Why Have Kids? This book lays out the difficult questions that many parents and potential parents should be challenged to address. Brutally honest and refreshingly insightful, Valenti pin points the problem with modern parenting and offers solutions to social and political issues that can bring joy back to parenting.
If statistics confirms that parenting makes Americans unhappy, she wants to entertain an honest conversation about modern parenthood. Jessica Valenti researches new scientific studies and pairs that with her own experience of motherhood and, in turn, she shows you an in-depth look at the world of having (and not having) children. She plows beyond the black and white “mommy wars” over natural parenting, discipline and work-life balance. She explores a more distinct reality: one filled with ambivalence, joy, guilt and exhaustion.
“This is a book about how the American ideal of parenting doesn’t match the reality of our lives, and how that incompatibility is hurting parents and children,” says Valenti. “The truth about parenting is that the reality of our lives needs to be enough. Seeking out an ideal that most of us can never reach is making us, and our kids, miserable.”
This review was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own. I received a copy of Why Have Kids? and compensation for my time investment and work on this campaign.