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

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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 www.pbs.org/newshour, 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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