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

Parent's mark your calendars for this parenting series on television tackling modern parenting problems. Monday, May 5th (check local listings) PBS NewsHour's "Parenting Now" series beings, features a report about the challenges faced by modern parents and an interview with Jennifer Senior, author of the book “All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood.”

This week long series takes a look at “Parenting Now”— examining the challenges, concerns and financial issues that modern parents face, such as social media, marketing to kids, finance matters, childcare and more.

Starting on May 5 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.

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?

These series features important hard to tackle topics for all parents and parenting styles. Check local listings for times in your area.

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