Hindu Mommy

August 30, 2006

Kids are depressing?

Filed under: Kids,Parenting — hindumommy @ 10:08 pm

According to this study, raising kids will be a lifelong challenge to your mental health.

All parents, whether they be of minor or adult children reported more depression than non parents. Not only do parents have significantly higher levels of depression than adults who do not have children, the problem gets worse when the kids move out. The effect of parenthood was the same on men or women.

I do tend to agree with the researcher that it is hard to be a parent since we don’t get much help and have to do it in relative isolation.

Parenting is definitely a tough job – but not a depressing job.  

My kids give me a headache, make me shout, drive me crazy and don’t give me any time to do anything but at the end of the day, they wipe away a day’s worth of tantrums and whining with their smiles and hugs.

Depressing – NO !

Mentally uplifting – definitely !



  1. In my opinion, the article on the study shouldn’t have said “Kids are depressing” (it has been mentioned just to grab the readers’ eye I guess). Raising kids can leave you depressed sometimes (I know – I have been through one depression) and not bacause the task is unpleasant (and those who do find it unpleasant should not be parents in the first place). It is because it is a demanding job – it demands a 100% of you and then some more. If one is already emotionally or mentally exhausted with some other issues in their life, then there are chances that they would find parenting overwhelming. But I agree with you – one smile from them and all the temper tantrums, all the whining, all the fights, yelling and puting is forgotten. With kids, tomorrow is another day – a shiny, new day.

    Comment by gettingtherenow — August 31, 2006 @ 3:08 pm | Reply

  2. Sorry! Read “pouting” in place of “puting”. Fat fingers!

    Comment by gettingtherenow — August 31, 2006 @ 3:09 pm | Reply

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