Having Children Is A Key Life Goal for Many People
A life without a family of their own can feel incomplete. Having children can also bring joy and fulfillment other goals cannot.
Dec 4, 2020
They can bring immense happiness. Especially under the right conditions, children improve not only overall happiness but also fulfillment.
Recent studies have shown that people with children report being happier overall than those without children. However, parents in some countries are happier than others.
The key is the social policies put in place by each country. If the policies help parents manage the responsibility of childcare with the ability to earn an income, then parents will be happier.
American parents tend to be less happy than their English or Australian counterparts, one study found. In countries such as Norway for instance, parents reported higher happiness than non-parents—perhaps because of a strong social safety net that eases the burden of child-rearing.
Children can be challenging and time-consuming, but most parents out there say they are worth the sacrifice.
Seeing a child grow and engage with the world can bring back a parent's sense of childlike wonder, allowing them to view the world with new eyes.
Parents grow emotionally from raising children The challenges can turn into rewarding opportunities for growth and appreciation.
There are many new experiences people encounter after having children. And some people will develop new skills and insights as a result that can be applied to other aspects of their lives.
For example, being a parent can teach people to have more patience with others, to communicate more simply, and to value present moments over focusing on the past or the future.
Other parents report being more forgiving and being able to discern the petty from the truly important. Having children forces people to prioritize—managing their time differently than ever before and only making time for the most important things.
Others say they feel more grateful and thankful for the small pleasures in daily life. Some say they even feel more grateful for their own parents after having children of their own.
"Becoming a mother has been one of the biggest blessings in my life," wrote one mother. "Being a mother is by far the most challenging but most rewarding job I’ve ever had."
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