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"It's one of the weird illusions we all live under: that there is a right way to parent." — Jennifer Senior

"It's one of the weird illusions we all live under: that there is a right way to parent." — Jennifer Senior

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Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Growing Up.

About Jennifer Senior's TEDTalk

Journalist Jennifer Senior says the goal of raising happy children is so elusive it has put modern, middle-class parents into a panic. She says there's no right way to parent.

We now look forward to having kids the way Jane Austen heroines looked forward to marriage — this great thing we're working toward, the capstone of our lives.

Jennifer Senior

About Jennifer Senior

Jennifer Senior is a contributing editor at New York Magazine, where she writes profiles and stories about politics, social science, and mental health. Her first book, All Joy and No Fun was published in 2014.

Clarification: Due to an editorial error, an important detail in Jennifer Senior's interview was omitted. In the U.S., the average age of childbirth is 30 years for college-educated women. According to U.S. government statistics (2012), the average age of childbirth for all American women is 25.8 years.

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