March 8, 2011

Kid Crazy: Why We Exaggerate the Joys of Parenthood

John Cloud, Time


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All parents know that having kids is a blessing — except when it's a nightmare of screaming fits, diapers, runny noses, wars over bedtimes and homework and clothes. To say nothing of bills too numerous to list. Some economists have argued that having kids is an economically silly investment; after all, it's cheaper to hire end-of-life care than to raise a child. Now comes new research showing that having kids is not only financially foolish but that kids literally make parents delusional.

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TAGGED: Mental Health, Psychology, Children, Parenting

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