- 50 percent of Americans said that adding new children to the family tends to increase happiness levels
- 16 percent said that adding new children had a negative effect on the parents' happiness
- Parents don't like to talk about their depression brought on by child-rearing... BLASPHEMY
- Kids were actually worth more in the post-industrial era when they earned their keep...now we just have them for emotional reasons. I wondered why I used to tell my mother she had me only to do the dishes (hee hee). Always a day late and dollar short!
- They are expensive to raise in a lifetime: $134,370 to $237,520 (I'm a bargain shopper maybe I can cut that in half), not including college tuition (what about college of hard-knocks...oh, that is free!)
- Parents are stressed with both working two full-time jobs and less support...huh oh, what does this mean for me as a single parent? LOL
- The National Marriage Project's 2006 "State of Our Unions" report says that parents have significantly lower marital satisfaction than non parents because they experienced more single and child-free years than previous generations...ohhh, now I feel better. LOL
Friday, July 11, 2008
Having Kids Makes You Happy?
A recent article in Newsweek talks about the touchy subject of whether or not those that are parents are happier than those that are not. As I was reading, it wasn't looking good for me. All of my hopes and dreams that Baby I will come home and spread happy juice all over my house and that my life will become happily ever after, the evidence shows...not so much! DANG! This is what I learned: