Reaction Paper: Do Children Make Us Happy

Topics: Parent, Parenting, Family Pages: 2 (646 words) Published: December 26, 2010
In today’s society, we perceive childless couples as abnormal and sometimes even sad. According to the article Do Children Make us Happy, this is in all actuality not the case. Several studies disclose that people with children have a decreased sense of wellbeing as opposed to those who do not have children. I found this article to be intriguing and very thought provoking.

Ever since I was a little girl, I have wanted to have children. Though my feelings toward having a family may be slightly influenced by society, I have always loved being around kids. They make me happy. I do not currently have any children, but I frequently babysit and have been a summer nanny numerous times. When I was a nanny, I spent an average of ten hours a day caring for the children, preparing their meals, giving them baths, and putting them to bed. The predominant difference between my role as a nanny and their parents was that at the end of the day, I was able to go home and have a break. There were days that I thought I would lose my mind if I had to be there any longer. I believe that my nanny job was the closest to any “parenting” position I have had. When I started as a nanny for the Euclide family, their twin girls were 2 months old and their oldest daughter was 18 months. They were quite a bit of work, especially the twins. I would finish changing one diaper and then the other twin would poop. At times it was exhausting. I really learned a lot from their mom though. The article mentioned the importance of parents taking time for themselves and at first, I felt like the mom was always leaving for reasons that I viewed as unimportant. After reading this article however, I realize that she needed that time for herself or she probably would have been unhappy. The article mentioned society being judgmental toward those who admit the difficulty and sometimes unhappiness associated with raising children. I was very interested in that segment because I myself have judged those...
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