Small Animals

Small Animals

"It might be the most important book about being a parent that you will ever read." —Emily Rapp Black, New York Times bestselling author of The Still Point of the Turning World "Brooks's own personal experience provides the narrative ...

Author: Kim Brooks

Publisher: Flatiron Books

ISBN: 9781250089564

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

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"It might be the most important book about being a parent that you will ever read." —Emily Rapp Black, New York Times bestselling author of The Still Point of the Turning World "Brooks's own personal experience provides the narrative thrust for the book — she writes unflinchingly about her own experience.... Readers who want to know what happened to Brooks will keep reading to learn how the case against her proceeds, but it's Brooks's questions about why mothers are so judgmental and competitive that give the book its heft." —NPR One morning, Kim Brooks made a split-second decision to leave her four-year old son in the car while she ran into a store. What happened would consume the next several years of her life and spur her to investigate the broader role America’s culture of fear plays in parenthood. In Small Animals, Brooks asks, Of all the emotions inherent in parenting, is there any more universal or profound than fear? Why have our notions of what it means to be a good parent changed so radically? In what ways do these changes impact the lives of parents, children, and the structure of society at large? And what, in the end, does the rise of fearful parenting tell us about ourselves? Fueled by urgency and the emotional intensity of Brooks’s own story, Small Animals is a riveting examination of the ways our culture of competitive, anxious, and judgmental parenting has profoundly altered the experiences of parents and children. In her signature style—by turns funny, penetrating, and always illuminating—which has dazzled millions of fans and been called "striking" by New York Times Book Review and "beautiful" by the National Book Critics Circle, Brooks offers a provocative, compelling portrait of parenthood in America and calls us to examine what we most value in our relationships with our children and one another.
Categories: Social Science

Small Animals

Small Animals

Author: Kim Brooks (Author and essayist)


ISBN: 1525284606

Category: Child welfare

Page: 372

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Categories: Child welfare

Following Jesus in a Culture of Fear

Following Jesus in a Culture of Fear

For a similar perspective, see Kim Brooks, Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear (New York: Flatiron Books, 2018). 5. The free-range kids website and conversation has been rebranded as Let Grow, a 501(c)(3),

Author: Scott Bader-Saye

Publisher: Brazos Press

ISBN: 9781493427505

Category: Religion

Page: 208

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Fear has taken on an outsized role in our current cultural and political context. Manufactured threats are advanced with little to no evidence of danger, while real threats are exaggerated for self-interested gain. This steady diet of fear produces unhealthy moral lives, leading many Christians to focus more on the dangers we wish to avoid than the goods we wish to pursue. As a fearful people, we are tempted to make safety our highest good and to make virtues of suspicion, preemption, and accumulation. But this leaves the church ill-equipped to welcome the stranger, love the enemy, or give to those in need. This timely resource brings together cultural analysis and theological insight to explore a Christian response to the culture of fear. Laying out a path from fear to faithfulness, theologian Scott Bader-Saye explores practices that embody Jesus's call to place our trust in him, inviting Christian communities to take the risks of hospitality, peacemaking, and generosity. This book has been revised throughout, updated to connect with today's readers, and includes new discussion questions.
Categories: Religion

Gender Reveal Parties as Mediated Events

Gender Reveal Parties as Mediated Events

PANOPTICON PREGNANCIES Kim Brooks's Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear captured her own experience as a mother. In March 2011, Brooks left her son Felix in a car as she ran into a Target store. Brooks and her two children were ...

Author: Carly Gieseler

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9781793603845

Category: Social Science

Page: 144

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A decade ago, it was difficult to imagine parents-to-be jumping from planes or dyeing their hair to publicly declare the sex of their unborn children. Yet gender-reveal parties have rapidly grown in popularity, saturating the public imagination surrounding pregnancy and parenthood. As a highly visible trend, gender-reveals correlate with our increased digital capacity for sharing, competitive consumerism, ritualized communitas, and social media currency. At the roots of this trend, there may be motivations to reassert binary identities against a climate of acceptance and progression surrounding gender fluidity. To analyze the divisive discourse surrounding this phenomenon, this book explores issues including technologies of reproduction and media; community and competition; visibility and signifying the unborn; consumerist imperatives; and those uninvited from this trend. In the process of selecting costumes of gender before birth, Gieseler argues, parents-to-be appropriate the unborn body as a contested, discursive site.
Categories: Social Science

Long Days Short Years

Long Days  Short Years

This rests upon two assumptions - the first , that parenthood can be scripted , and the second , that it should— and ... Kim Brooks begins her book , Small Animals : Parenthood in the Age of Fear , with the story of how she left her ...

Author: Andrew Bomback

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262370813

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 184

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How parenting became a verb, from Dr. Spock and June Cleaver to baby whispering and free-range kids. When did “parenting” become a verb? Why is it so hard to parent, and so rife with the possibility of failure? Sitcom families of the past—the Cleavers, the Bradys, the Conners—didn’t seem to lose any sleep about their parenting methods. Today, parents are likely to be up late, doomscrolling on parenting websites. In Long Days, Short Years, Andrew Bomback—physician, writer, and father of three young children—looks at why it can be so much fun to be a parent but, at the same time, so frustrating and difficult to parent. It’s not a “how to” book (although Bomback has read plenty of these) but a “how come” book, investigating the emergence of an immersive, all-in approach to raising children that has made parenting a competitive (and often not very enjoyable) sport. Drawing on parenting books, mommy blogs, and historical accounts of parental duties as well as novels, films, podcasts, television shows, and his own experiences as a parent, Bomback charts the cultural history of parenting as a skill to be mastered, from the laid-back Dr. Spock’s 1950s childcare bible—in some years outsold only by the actual Bible—to the more rigid training schedules of Babywise. Along the way, he considers the high costs of commercialized parenting (from the babymoon on), the pressure on mothers to have it all (and do it all), scripted parenting as laid out in How to Talk So Kids Will Listen, parenting during a pandemic, and much more.
Categories: Family & Relationships

Free Range Kids

Free Range Kids

—Dr. Robert Needlman, co- author, Dr Spock's Baby and Child Care, 9th Edition “This book transformed the way I think about childhood, parenthood, freedom, and fear.” —Kim Brooks, author, Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear ...

Author: Lenore Skenazy

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781119782148

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 304

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Learn to raise independent, can-do kids with a new edition of the book that started a movement In the newly revised and expanded Second Edition of Free-Range Kids, New York columnist-turned-movement leader Lenore Skenazy delivers a compelling and entertaining look at how we got so worried about everything our kids do, see, eat, read, wear, watch and lick -- and how to bid a whole lot of that anxiety goodbye. With real-world examples, advice, and a gimlet-eyed look at the way our culture forces fear down our throats, Skenazy describes how parents and educators can step back so kids step up. Positive change is faster, easier and a lot more fun than you’d believe. This is the book that has helped millions of American parents feel brave and optimistic again – and the same goes for their kids. Using research, humor, and feisty common sense, the book shows: How parents can reject the media message, “Your child is in horrible danger!” How schools can give students more independence -- and what happens when they do. (Hint: Teachers love it.) How everyone can relax and successfully navigate a judge-y world filled with way too many warnings, scolds and brand new fears Perfect for parents and guardians of children of all ages, Free-Range Kids will also earn a place in the libraries of K-12 educators who want their students to blossom with newfound confidence and cheer.
Categories: Family & Relationships

You Are What You Risk

You Are What You Risk

I stumbled on Sarnecka's research in Kim Brooks's terric 2018 book, Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear, about her harrowing experience being judged for leaving her four-year-old son alone in a car for a few minutes at the end ...

Author: Michele Wucker

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781643136790

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

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The #1 international bestselling author of The Gray Rhino offers a bold new framework for understanding and re-shaping our relationship with risk and uncertainty to live more productive and successful lives. What drives a sixty-four-year-old woman to hurl herself over Niagara Falls in a barrel? Why do we often create bigger risks than the risks we try to avoid? Why are corporate boards newly worried about risky personal behavior by CEOs? Why are some nations quicker than others to recognize and manage risks like pandemics, technological change, and climate crisis? The answers define each person, organization, and society as distinctively as a fingerprint. Understanding the often-surprising origins of these risk fingerprints can open your eyes, inspire new habits, catalyze innovation and creativity, improve teamwork, and provide a beacon in a world that seems suddenly more uncertain than ever. How you see risk and what you do about it depend on your personality and experiences. How you make these cost-benefit calculations depend on your culture, your values, the people in the room, and even unexpected things like what you’ve eaten recently, the temperature, the music playing, or the fragrance in the air. Being alert to these often-unconscious influences will help you to seize opportunity and avoid danger. You Are What You Risk is a clarion call for an entirely new conversation about our relationship with risk and uncertainty. In this ground-breaking, accessible and eminently timely book, Michele Wucker examines why it’s so important to understand your risk fingerprint and how to make your risk relationship work better in business, life, and the world. Drawing on compelling risk stories around the world and weaving in economics, anthropology, sociology, and psychology research, Wucker bridges the divide between professional and lay risk conversations. She challenges stereotypes about risk attitudes, re-frames how gender and risk are related, and shines new light on generational differences. She shows how the new science of “risk personality” is re-shaping business and finance, how healthy risk ecosystems support economies and societies, and why embracing risk empathy can resolve conflicts. Wucker shares insights, practical tools, and proven strategies that will help you to understand what makes you who you are –and, in turn, to make better choices, both big and small.
Categories: Business & Economics

Can t Even

Can t Even

Gretchen Livingston, “About One-Third of U.S. Children Are Living with an Unmarried Parent,” Pew Research, April 27, 2018. 2. ... Kim Brooks, Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear (New York: Flatiron, 2018). 6.

Author: Anne Helen Petersen

Publisher: Mariner Books

ISBN: 9780358561842

Category: History

Page: 320

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An incendiary examination of burnout in millennials--the cultural shifts that got us here, the pressures that sustain it, and the need for drastic change
Categories: History

Fair Play

Fair Play

“Life Course Transitions and Housework: Marriage, Parenthood, and Time on Housework.” Journal of Marriage and ... “Gender Differences in Work-Family Guilt in Parents of Young Children. ... Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear.

Author: Eve Rodsky

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781529400205

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 304

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "A hands-on, real talk guide for navigating the hot-button issues that so many families struggle with" - Reese Witherspoon Do you find yourself taking on the lion's share of all the thankless, invisible but time-consuming work in the home? FAIR PLAY is the first book that shows you that there can be a different way: a way to get more done, with less fuss, in a way that feels more balanced. Eve Rodsky is changing society one relationship at a time, by coming up with a 21st-century solution to an age-old problem: women shouldering the brunt of domestic responsibilities, the mental load, the emotional labour. Everything that is required to keep the fridge full, the children's homework in their bags, and the household running. The unequal division of all this invisible work in relationships is a recipe for disaster, but no one has offered a real solution to this dilemma, until now. Eve Rodsky was tired of always being the one who has to remember to buy loo roll, or to book the family's dentist appointments, or to send the thank you cards - all while working full time. So Eve decided to do what she does every day as an organisational management consultant: Organise. She conducted original research with more than 500 couples to figure out WHAT the invisible work in a family actually is and HOW to get it done effectively and all in a way that makes relationships even stronger. FAIR PLAY identifies the 100 main tasks in any relationship, and then divides those tasks fairly (not necessarily equally) so that both parties contribute their fair share. If we don't learn to rebalance our home life and reclaim some time to develop the skills and passions that keep us unique, then we risk losing our right to be interesting, not just to our partner, but to ourselves. Getting this right isn't a luxury, it's a necessity for a happy, lasting partnership. Part how-to guide for couples, part modern relationship manifesto, FAIR PLAY offers an innovative system with a completely original lexicon to discuss how relationships actually work ... and how we can make them work better.
Categories: Family & Relationships

Becoming Disabled

Becoming Disabled

Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear. New York: Flatiron Books, 2018. Brown, Keah. “Love, Disability, and Movies.” Catapult, April 27, 2016. https :/ /ca

Author: Jan Doolittle Wilson

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781793643704

Category: Social Science

Page: 326

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Becoming Disabled attempts to forge a new view of the world, one that understands disability as a valuable human variation, embraces interdependency, recognizes the disabling impact of existing ideologies and institutions, and works toward the creation of a society that fully includes, supports, and celebrates all forms of human diversity.
Categories: Social Science