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Do Kids Make Parents Happy?
The Atlanta-Journal-Constitution links to a story in Newsweek about the happiness (or lack thereof) felt by parents in response to their children. Supposedly, it doesn’t look so good! Daniel Gilbert, a Harvard psychology professor, “concludes that marital satisfaction decreases dramatically after the birth of the first child—and increases only when the last child has left home.”
Children have long been linked to happiness and fulfillment, but ever since modern-day practices have allowed adults to choose whether they want them, the purpose of and satisfaction involved in child rearing are questioned. As harsh as it sounds, the Newsweek writer says that pre-industrial America required children for work and home purposes, but nowadays parents are lucky if kids will do an hour of chores per week.
Other studies have found that parents have “lower levels of emotional well-being” and their emotions tend toward the negative.
Tell us what you think about children contributing to your emotional level. If you are a parent, do you agree that children stop you from being happier? [The Atlanta-Journal-Constitution]