Friday, July 13, 2007

Parenting Damaging to Marriage

Romance suffers when baby makes three
"You can't be somebody's parents all the time," says Stacie Cockrell, co-author of the new book "Babyproofing Your Marriage."

"If that defines your relationship, your marriage is going to wilt," she says.

Truth is, American divorce statistics are alarming even when you're not sleep-deprived. Each year, more than a million children watch their parents go through divorce.

"Kids are never the problem," says Cockrell. "The problem becomes how you as adults react to the challenge of parenthood and how you react to each other as a couple."
Of course the article fails to suggest that you just think long and ahrd about having them in the first place - it just offers advice for dealing with children you already have. But it does serve to remind us how damaging parenthood can be to a marriage. Sometimes being childfree can be an expression of "family values" - a choice made to preserve the best marriage you can. I know that was one of my top reasons for my choice.

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