Study Shows Effects of Being a Parent on Your Health

Parenting isn't easy, but it is very rewarding!

June 14, 2018

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I don't have children and at this point in my life, I am not going to have any either. I am going to be 39 come January and I feel like the desire to have kids just wasn't ever there for me or strong enough. 

We are all entitled to make the choice if having kids is for us or not. So many of my friends have kids or are planning to start their families soon. I see how hard it can be at times, but all of my friends always tell me it's the most rewarding thing they've ever done in their lives. 

If you're still on the fence about whether parenting is in your future, you may want to watch this video about the long-term effects people who have children experience. I think many of these items are obvious like less money and it can hurt your sex life. 

According to a new study, 70% of couples will experience a slump in their relationship during the 1st three years of their child's life. Again, not surprising. Babies and toddlers take a lot of work and account for some sleepless nights and sacrifices. How many people do you know that decided to have children because they thought that having a baby would save their marriage? Yeah, that typically isn't the case sadly. 

What else can having children mean for you in the long run? This statistic infuriates me, but it's been proven time and time again. Women that have children make 3% less than women that don't have them. This plus the wage gap women experience is just disgusting. 

Oh, and having all these kids is only hurting our planet too according to science. But again, ask anyone who's a parent and I bet all of them would do it all over again in a heartbeat even if it was a bit a struggle.