• But the truth is, there's little even the most organized people can do to prepare themselves for having children. They can buy all the books, observe friends and relations, review their own memories of childhood. But the distance between those proxy experiences and the real thing, ultimately, can be measured in light-years

    Jennifer Senior
  • Vocabulary for aggravation is large. Vocabulary for transcendence is elusive

    Jennifer Senior
  • Couples with children may argue more, the author suggests, because children are a reminder of just how crucial our choices are

    Jennifer Senior
  • Drawing from 1.7 million Gallup surveys collected between 2008 and 2012, researchers Angus Deaton and Arthur Stone found that parents with children at home age fifteen or younger experience more highs, as well as more lows, than those without children... And when researchers bother to ask questions of a more existential nature, they find that parents report greater feelings of meaning and reward -- which to many parents is what the entire shebang is about

    Jennifer Senior
  • The author observes the shift now that children are not a source of labor for the family, that they have gone from employees of the parents to the bosses of the parents

    Jennifer Senior
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