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Joys of Motherhood? Cost Analysis Finds a Link

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A new study finds that most parents exaggerate the emotional benefits of having children. Are you stretching the truth when it comes to your own joys of motherhood? It seems that the cost of raising children has a role in emotional satisfaction.

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"Many people believe that to be truly fulfilled in life, it is necessary to experience the joys of parenthood. Children are considered an essential source of happiness, satisfaction, and pride," Richard Eibach and Steven Mock of the University of Waterloo, wrote of their study in the March 2 issue of the journal Psychological Science. "However, the idea that parenthood involves substantial emotional rewards appears to be something of a myth."

In the study, a group of parents were given reading materials about the cost of raising children, while a control group of parents were given reading materials about how grown kids support their parents. The parents who read about the financial burden of raising a child were more likely to say they received emotional satisfaction from parenting than the control group, which read about kids supporting them.

"The costs of raising children motivate parents to idealize parenthood," says Eibach and Mock. "The perceived joys of parenthood may thus be a rationalization of the high costs of having children."

Momlogic wants to know -- do you exaggerate the joys of motherhood?

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tietlence March 7, 2011, 10:26 PM

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