It doesn't take long after the birth of your first child to realize your life has just been turned upside down. The first year is a massive adjustment for every new parent; sleepless nights spent feeding, burping, and changing diapers can take their toll. According to new research, your happiness during that first year is key to whether you have any more children. A study via Parents by the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Germany found a new parent's experience during the transition to parenthood is an "important determinant of further fertility." The research, which looked at self-reports from 2000 men and women in an annual German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP), found that the parents who reported a decrease in well-being and happiness were the least likely to have a second child. This appeared more prevalent among older and well-educated couples. The report also found happiness takes a significant hit in the first year, but that parents who have up to two children see an increase in "overall happiness in life."
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