Loving Your Child and Loving Parenting Are Very Separate Things
The article link below titled All Joy and No Fun - Why Parents Hate Parenting details many studies done throughout the world to measure happiness of parents as it pertains to how many children they have, how much money they have, and the quality or existence of a marriage. Findings indicate that having children does not make people happier when compared to people who do not have children, nor does it make marrital happiness increase. Parents with higher education and socioeconomic status report less happiness than those who have only gone to high school and happiness diminishes the more children you have, according to one study.
Perhaps it is the WAY we try to parent, trying to be perfect all the time, trying to give our child every advantage we can. If you think the outcomes of these studies sound bleak, read this article and find out how happiness can be found in the beautiful mess of parenting.
All Joy and No Fun – Why Parents Hate Parenting – New York Magazine
Jessica Martin, Ed.S., NCSP
RVA School Psychologist/Director of Special Education and Student Services