94. Parenthood in the Age of Fear with Kim Brooks

Do worries about your kids’ safety dominate your parenting choices? How often do you feel pressured to make parenting choices as a result of judgment from others? We are parenting in an age of overwhelming fear and constant judgment. Understanding how we got here, what the dangers really are (and are not), and how we can parent more courageously and wisely, can help us to better navigate parenting in the modern age.

In this episode, Kim Brooks, author of Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear, joins Yael and offers deep wisdom in parenting well in the current cultural climate.

Listen and Learn:

  • Why parenting culture has devolved into fear
  • What some of the important dangers are, and which common worries are not worthy of the attention we give them
  • Why we judge parents, particularly mothers, so harshly
  • How to become a more brave and effective parent in this cultural milieu
Kim Brooks

About Kim Brooks

Kim Brooks is the author of Small Animals: Parenthood In the Age of Fear. Small Animals was an NPR Best Book of the Year and described by National Book Review as “an impassioned, smart work of social criticism and a call for support and empathy.” Kim’s writing has appeared in NYT, NY Magazine, Salon, and Buzzfeed. Kim has appeared on CBS This Morning, GMA, NPR’s All Things Considered, 20/20, among others.


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Episode 94