Parents Face Unhappiness After Birth Of First Baby

Posted: Aug 14 2015, 11:20am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

Parents Face Unhappiness After Birth of First Baby
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A brand new study has shown once and for all that parents face unhappiness. Especially due to the presence of their children, they face unprecedented levels of anxiety.

Parenthood, it turns out, is a trap. Its devastating effects outweigh divorce, joblessness and even the demise of your significant other. The media feeds us lies in the form of the joys of parenthood.

But the reality of the matter is that it is a stressful situation in which the child can get on your nerves. The negative consequences for a parent are many. For one thing, happiness plummets.

The addition of a newborn member to a household is pandemonium in the making. The wear and tear from taking care of the helpless human infant is too much. That is for such a large sample of the population.

The study had German citizens as research subjects. Their happiness levels got gauged two years after the birth of a baby. The scale of values ran the gamut from 0 to a perfect 10. 0 stood for miserable and 10 stood for ecstatic.

Parents considered it an outrageous thing. To say that their children caused them any stress was the unthinkable. Yet their world-weary faces and frayed nerves didn’t lie.

Their were expectations of fertility in case of the parents. And the number of children they actually had showed the discrepancy too. The couples began their journey as happy human beings.

But later on came the crying, mewling and puking children. Their experiences went sour. Only 30% of parents stayed the same with regard to satisfaction. The rest faced issues ranging from frustration to high stress levels.

And there were full-blown anxiety attacks. The resultant misery was of such a high intensity that many parents refused to have a second baby. This was cause for concern.

These parents were older than 30 years of age. And they were educated. So what gives? Well, it seems where biological instincts matter, all the palliatives of culture are useless. Males and females felt just about the same thereby disproving maternal instinctual powers.

Mothers had to undergo the hazards of parturition and the harrowing experiences it entailed. They didn’t exactly look forward to the ordeal. And fathers got worried sick about their partners’ health status. It was not all peaches and cream. The responsibilities were back-breaking. The onus placed on the shoulders of the guardians of the young was too much.

The study was published in the journal Demography.

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