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Interesting facts about parenting

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Decision to be or not to be a parent:
Parenthood signifies adulthood-- the final irreversible end of youthful roles.
Decision to be or not to be a parent- BENEFITS:
Happiness and joy
-96% of first time parents said that they were "in love" with their baby.
-91% of first time parents said that they were "happier than ever before".
A sense of fulfillment
-Children bring a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment; life without children would be incomplete.
Costs of having children:
By the time the child is 17 years old, parents will spend about $242,000.
Study on social costs of having children:
Most conflict during pregnancy were related to lower levels of relationship quality across the transition to parenthood.
Study on social costs of having children:
In year 1, spouses who would become parents were happier than those who would remain childless.
Study on social costs of having children:
By year 3, there was no longer significant difference in happiness, attributable largely to the decline of happiness of new parents.
Study on social costs of having children:
After transition into parenthood, new mothers reported significantly higher marital tension than childless women, fathers, and childless men.
Study on social costs of having children:
Men to made the transition to parenthood did not differ from childless men in either year 1 or year 3.
What is so significant about parenting?
Children's outcomes depend on what parents do and the type of environment they create for the child.
-By 2 years of age, children whose mothers speak to them frequently and responsively have vocabularies that are 8 times greater than those of children whose mothers speak less frequently.
What is so significant about parenting?
By age three, most children's brain actually develop 95%.
-They are ready to learn
-Their personality has already formed
What is so significant about parenting?
Frontal lobe of child:
-"executive functions"
-Controls long-term consequences and impulses
-To develop properly, parents need to help children day to day functions
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