Once again, the supposedly scientific goons in the academy have gotten it all wrong. They are a club. A left wing, social science research club where conclusions only appear if they support the left wing biases of the colleges.
So, for years, they claimed that large families reduced happiness. This is pure nonsense. It is small families that are hard. The WSJ:
A closer look at the General Social Survey also reveals that child No. 1 does almost all the damage. Otherwise identical people with one child instead of none are 5.6 percentage points less likely to be very happy. Beyond that, additional children are almost a happiness free lunch. Each child after the first reduces your probability of being very happy by a mere .6 percentage points.
Just as I suspected. Those with two kids work the hardest. Those with more than two actually have it easier, because they don’t have to attend to every detail. The older kids help out, and it reduces the load considerably.
And, from personal experience, don’t those with two kids seem more harried, more confused? Those with lots of kids always seem more contented.
Now, “happiness research”s is notoriously subjective. The notion that you could get .6 percent of a difference is ludicrous. But these so called researchers ignore one of the basic, fundamental questions. Would you do it all over again?
Happiness researchers also neglect a plausible competing measure of kids’ impact on parents’ lives: customer satisfaction. If you want to know whether consumers are getting a good deal, it’s worth asking, “If you had to do it over again, would you make the same decision?” The only high-quality study of parents’ satisfaction dates back to a nation-wide survey of about 1,400 parents by the Research Analysis Corp. in 1976, but its results were stark: When asked, “If you had it to do over again, would you or would you not have children?” 91% of parents said yes, and only 7% expressed buyer’s remorse.
You might think that everyone rationalizes whatever decision they happened to make, but a 2003 Gallup poll found that wasn’t true. When asked, “If you had to do it over again, how many children would you have, or would you not have any at all?” 24% of childless adults over the age of 40 wanted to be child-free the second time around, and only 5% more were undecided. While you could protest that childlessness isn’t always a choice, it’s also true that many pregnancies are unplanned. Bad luck should depress the customer satisfaction of both groups, but parenthood wins hands down.
24%? That’s about the percentage of crummy, self absorbed parents who drink a case of beer every night and who raise their children wrong and as a result, the kids become hellions. So it’s more a percentage of people who are crappy parents than anything else.
And then, there is the intense value of mothers:
If you create a loving and harmonious home for your children, they’ll probably remember it for as long as they live.
The men are not the ones who are going to create that home. Well, maybe somewhat. But in fact it is up to the woman. If she doesn’t do it, it doesn’t get done.
So. Why make things hard on yourself? Have lots of kids.
Never, never, never, never, never do what the news media tells you to do. The news media is staffed by malcontents and mischief makers who want you to be as miserable as they are.
The news media tells you to have two kids.
Don’t do it. You will regret it.