My little sister after getting into the make-up
Here are a few interesting articles about whether to have or not have children. If your mind is made up and you read nothing else, at least take a look at the last link (27 reasons why kids are the worst). It will brighten your day.
1. Does Fatherhood Make You Happy?
Studies reveal that most married couples start out happy and then become progressively less satisfied over the course of their lives, becoming especially disconsolate when their children are in diapers and in adolescence, and returning to their initial levels of happiness only after their children have had the decency to grow up and go away. When the popular press invented a malady called "empty-nest syndrome," it failed to mention that its primary symptom is a marked increase in smiling.
Psychologists have measured how people feel as they go about their daily activities, and have found that people are less happy when they are interacting with their children than when they are eating, exercising, shopping or watching television. Indeed, an act of parenting makes most people about as happy as an act of housework. Economists have modeled the impact of many variables on people's overall happiness and have consistently found that children have only a small impact. A small negative impact [Full article on Time].
2. Does having kids make you less happy?