Numerous studies, reports and research papers have reached the same confounding conclusion: people with children are not as happy as those without. Confounding because most of us believe – or want to believe – that children enrich our lives: give us a sense of purpose and meaning. Complete us.
I have never wanted to have kids. I find babies scary (they’re just so delicate). I don’t think I’m the motherly type. And when I picture my life, a child isn’t included. When I mention this in passing the reaction is nearly always the same.
This is the latest article in a Global News investigation into fertility in Canada, and the emotional and financial impact infertility has on Canadians struggling to conceive. *** There’s something about the holidays (like perhaps the copious amounts of alcohol consumed over the season) that unites us all in having to deal, at one point or other, with annoying questions at the dinner table.
One way to ensure a stress-free vacation is to head to an all-inclusive resort where you don’t have to reach for your credit card every time you want a cocktail or burger with fries. And if you really want to up the relaxing vibe of a vacation, limit the possibility of kids running around the property or splashing in the pool by booking an adults-only stay.
Get them dressed; rain pants and boots at the ready. Don’t forget their snacks and lunches. Every morning was a bit of a rush, getting my two young children out the door to kindergarten a half-mile up the road. Delivering them between 7:30 and 8 a.m.
Researchers analysed data from 4 countries: UK, US, Germany and Australia They found the positive glow of parenthood only lasted for around 12 months After that time there was no improvement in ‘subjective well being’, they said But having a partner produces a positive effect that doesn’t go away over time Having children does not make us any happier a wide-ranging study of happiness found.
Why the ingrained expectation that women should desire to become parents is unhealthy One woman who got pregnant at 42 wrote, “I hate being a mother too. Every day is the same. And to think I won’t be free of it until I am like 60 and then my life will be over.”
Isabella Dutton, 57, says she wishes she had remained childless ‘I resented the time my children consumed. Like parasites, they took from me and didn’t give back’ My son Stuart was five days old when the realisation hit me like a physical blow: having a child had been the biggest mistake of my life.
The business world has not been kind to women. Moms have their on-the-job issues, for sure, but this is a rare look at workplace challenges of single women and those without children. When I was graduating from college, the schools career center set up interviews with leading corporations.
In Portland, dogs and breweries pretty much go hand in paw. Well folks, Scotland is one-upping us. A brewery there – the aptly named BrewDog – is giving new puppy parents a paid week of “paw-rental leave.” And if you’ve ever gotten a rambunctious puppy for yourself, you might see why this isn’t totally out there.
A study of 2,000 parents found 56 per cent of dads own up to faking sleep to avoid having to get up with a child, with 44 per cent of those saying they knew this would mean their partner would go instead.
INDIANAPOLIS — Data representing individuals from across the United States indicates that U.S. adults are increasingly delaying the decision to have children or forgoing parenthood entirely. Yet evidence suggests that voluntarily child-free people are stigmatized for this decision, according to a study published in the March 2017 edition of Sex Roles: A Journal of Research.
2016 is an interesting time to be looking for love, with lots of singles taking to the magical world of online dating to search for their other half. And thanks to dating sites like Match, the world’s largest relationship company, you can search for potential partners based on very specific criteria like career, income, height, physique, hobbies and whether or not they want to have kids.
Please read the title closely. It does not say “7 Reasons You Should Never Have Kids,” “7 Things That Prove Having Kids Was The Dumbest Thing You Ever Did,” or anything similar. I have tired of the baseless arrogance on both sides of this debate, with all parties claiming that their way is the best way, that the other side is clearly missing out.
Americans are having fewer kids. The U.S. fertility rate is at an all-time low, with more single and coupled people choosing to delay or forego parenthood. However, remaining child-free still isn’t socially accepted. That conclusion was reconfirmed in a study detailing the stigmatization, social backlash and “moral outrage” toward child-free people.
PEOPLE who do not want children have been warned they could miss out on huge amounts of expense, boredom and disgust. Researchers tracked the upbringing of over 10,000 humans over the course of 18 years, using surveillance techniques perfected by the Soviets in the late 1970s.
I’m sitting here working at my computer, and he’s sleeping. It’s mid-afternoon on a weekday, and it’s quiet. At the risk of sounding like an elementary school kid boasting about a job-well-done sticker, I did it. I accomplished the silence that is currently filling my home.
This is not a sad story. So don’t get any ideas. Especially “solutions.” “Well, if it were me…” But it’s not you. “I’d be just devastated…” Nevertheless, I’m okay with it. “But…” And you can be too. My vertical hold refused hold as the recovery room flipped across my field of vision and I fought my way through the haze of anesthesia.