Andrew Solomon’s review of “All Joy and No Fun” by Jennifer Senior serves as a great reminder of the importance of good parenting – both to children and their parents – as well as a pointer to the great value of mustering the capacity to be present with anyone in distress, especially when the effort is great. “’Kids may complicate our lives,’ she writes, ‘But they also make them simpler. Children’s needs are so overwhelming, and their dependence on us so absolute, that it’s impossible to misread our moral obligation to them . . . We bind ourselves to those who need us most, and through caring for them, grow to love them, grow to delight in them, grow to marvel at who they are.'”
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