More kids means more stress, right? Nope. According to an Australian study, parents with four or more children as well as gay and lesbian parents experience more satisfaction than others. Concluding five years of research, after interviewing 950 parents and examining different types of families and levels of contentment, researcher Bronwyn Harman, a psychology and social science lecturer at the Edith Cowan University in Western Australia, was surprised by the results. Her study clearly suggests that larger families are more joyful than smaller ones, which seems counterintuitive at first. However, Harman recognized that most parents with four or more children have them because they planned on it all along. “They said that they had planned a large family, it was a joyful experience for them, the house was often full of laughter, and there were many reasons to celebrate,” she told Yahoo. She notes a similarity in LGBT parents, who have to take deliberate steps to have children, such as IVF, surrogacy, or adoption. This report comes on the heels of the German study that shows a drop in happiness following the birth of a first child, so perhaps it’s no wonder people are forever asking parents when they are going to have another.
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