Skip to content, or skip parenthood magazine search. All Joy and No Fun Why parents hate parenting. He spotted me as I was rounding the corner, and the scene that followed was one of inexpressible loveliness, right out of the movie I’d played to myself before actually having a child, with him popping out of his babysitter’s arms and barreling down the street to greet me.
I was guided by nerves, trawling the cabinets for alcohol. My emotional life looks a lot like this these days. From the perspective of the individual, however, it’s more of a mystery than one might think. Most people assume that having children will make them happier.
Yet a wide variety of academic research shows that parents are not happier than their childless peers, and in many cases are less so. This finding is surprisingly consistent, showing up across a range of disciplines. The idea that parents are less happy than nonparents has become so commonplace in academia that it was big news last year when the Journal of Happiness Studies published a Scottish paper declaring the opposite was true. Yet one can see why people were rooting for that paper. The results of almost all the others violate a parent’s deepest intuition. Daniel Gilbert, the Harvard psychologist and host of This Emotional Life on PBS, wrote fewer than three pages about compromised parental well-being in Stumbling on Happiness.
But whenever he goes on the lecture circuit, skeptical questions about those pages come up more frequently than anything else. Next: So what, precisely, is going on here? Justin Davidson: How Can the Vienna Philharmonic Change Without Changing? Why Are There So Many Bisexuals on TV All of a Sudden?
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We are so glad to have you with us, and will be in touch soon. 2018 Planned Parenthood Federation of America Inc. Monica Potter and her husband Daniel Christopher Allison are divorcing, PEOPLE has confirmed. But they are focused on co-parenting their daughter. Potter and Allison, an orthopedic surgeon, married in 2007 and share a 12-year-old daughter, Molly Brigid. The Parenthood star also has two grown sons — Liam, 23, a writer, and Daniel, 27, an actor — from a previous marriage. The news comes on the heels of recent speculation that Potter, 46, was pregnant with the couple’s second child, sparked after the actress shared an Instagram photo of herself cradling her bloated stomach.