Children – they bring chaos, confusion and craziness into our everyday lives. But, a recent Australian study reveals that having more kids may be the key to greater happiness. As it turns out, despite the madness that parenting brings, bigger families are officially the happiest.
The study, from Perth’s Edith Cowan University, has found that families with four or more children enjoy the greatest life satisfaction based on the criteria of resilience, social support and self-esteem.
If you are wanting to expand the brood, then here’s the proof you may need to help convince your partner (and yourself) that bigger is actually better.
And here are a few more good reasons to toss into the debate to really seal the deal…
Hand-me-downs actually get worn.
All of those cute outfits that bub outgrew before you got to even try them on – well, they have a new owner now. And another owner after that. And after that. By the end of the clothing life, you can be sure you’ve got your money’s worth out of each outfit.
After three, you just stop stressing.
Another study confirms that parents with four or more children are the least stressed, especially when compared to parents with three kids. Those fears with the first child get less and less as you go along. Turns out, four is the magic number for less stress and more happiness.
There are more chances to get it right…eventually.
All of those first parent mistakes are usually a thing of the past by child #2. And it just keeps getting better and better with more trial and error. By four or more tries, you’re bound to do something right.
More hands… more help… more babysitters.
By the fourth, they pretty much raise themselves. Right? Well, maybe not, but you’re certainly more prepared for whatever comes your way and many older children are more than happy to help out with the younger ones.
“Go play with your siblings”.
You’re busy. They’re bored. But they have each other now. And if two of them don’t get along, it’s okay – there’s back up siblings to choose from!
Sure… this could swing the other way and mean more sibling fights, but odds are at least two of your kids will get along with one another. And, if you’re lucky, they all will once in a while.
Group activities just got so much easier.
Kids want to play hide n seek or have a game of soccer? There are so many of them they can easily play against one another without the need for you to invite more friends over or join in.
Plus… if you have talented kids, you can encourage them to form a band.
Watch out Hanson.
Imperfection becomes the norm.
After four or more kids, it is almost impossible to keep everything perfect. Chaos takes over and parents with more kids agree that this chaos is acceptable and not something to stress over.
And an organised household, even if it’s only for a few fleeting moments once a year, is something to get excited about.
Like Christmas. But cleaner.
Quadruple the cuddles, kisses and ‘I love you mummy’s’.
Think about all those special parenting moments you can to enjoy over and over again. The first time your baby looks at you? The first bubble bath? The first smile? The first laugh? The first real hug and the millions after that?
These parenting moments are worth the extra stress, the extra costs and the extra dirty dishes any day.
Finally, more kids means more grandkids.
And the cycle of extra cuddles, kisses and chaos continues. But this time around, you get to give them back when they start to get whingy.
What do you think, Babyologists? Is the secret to happiness in life hidden in the size of your brood? How many kids do you have and will you be adding any more to the mix?