Monday, January 13, 2014

Childfree Life: Kids Really Do Ruin Marriages, Study Finds

Childfree Life: Kids Really Do Ruin Marriages, Study Finds
In a study of more than 5,000 adults, findings showed that childless couples have happier marriages and feel more valued in their relationships, reports The Guardian. But researchers also found that women without children were the least happy with their lives overall, whereas mothers were happier than any other group, even if they had troubles in their relationships. Yet fathers were twice as likely as mothers to report a lack of sexual intimacy as the biggest problem in their relationship.
If society stopped putting pressure on folks to procreate, I wonder what that rate would be? I suspect that deliberately choosing parenthood would result in happier parents than those who simply stumble into it as the default. Recently, a very close friend and relative had a child. She told me that having childfree people in her life had caused her to make the decision differently than she would have otherwise; she spent more time deliberating on the decision. I don't think it is a coincidence that a year later, she is a happy mother. Still, without a larger sample size, it is just speculation.
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