Defining the “Sweet Spot”: A Research Based Primer for Navigating Work and Parenting

Defining the “Sweet Spot”: A Research Based Primer for Navigating Work and Parenting Sex Roles (2015) 73:273–275 DOI 10.1007/s11199-015-0499-4 BOOK REVIEW Defining the BSweet Spot^: A Research Based Primer for Navigating Work and Parenting Balancing the Big Stuff: Finding Happiness in Work, Family, and Life. By Miriam Liss and Holly H. Schiffrin, Lanham, MD, Rowman & Littlefield, 2014. 252 pp. $36.00 (hardcover) ISBN: 978-1-4422-2335-6. Marybeth J. Mattingly Published online: 12 June 2015 Springer Science+Business Media New York 2015 Much attention has been paid to issues surrounding work-life vii). Liss and Schiffrin continue the discourse about balance as balance in the United States both in the scholarly literature an issue facing both men and women, moving beyond earlier (e.g., Hochschild 1989; Hochschild 1997; Bianchi and work that focused primarily on women’s work-life balance. Milkie 2010) and in the popular press (e.g., North 2015). Of Additionally, Balancing the Big Stuff also, at times, offers a particular interest are gender differences in achieving the de- broader family perspective recognizing that work-family bal- sired mix between work and family life (see Milkie et al. ance has important implication for children as well as their 2010) and how gender norms structure those opportunities, parents. Focusing on the family does not mean that gender often making it easier Sex Roles Springer Journals

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