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New study: Older parents are happier


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Children only from 34 years

When is the right time for children? The result of a study by the Max Planck Institute in Rostock is: the later the better.

German women are getting not only later, but also fewer and fewer children. And for a good reason. As the researchers from the Max Planck Institute discovered, parents over the age of 34, both before and after birth, are much happier than younger people - regardless of whether their children are only a few months old or many years old.

The situation is different for parents between the ages of 18 and 22: these are less satisfied not only before but also after birth than older mothers and fathers. The same can be observed with the 23- to 34-year-olds. The study is based on the examination results of 7000 testers.

Two children are enough luck

German women are getting not only later, but also fewer and fewer children. Gone are the days of the four, five or six-child families. But three-child families have become a rarity. The researchers at the Max Planck Institute also found a second difference in parents' happiness in their study: the number of children per family. While the birth of the first and second child is consistently happy, the birth of a third child has no positive effect on satisfaction. On the contrary: The third child even seems to have negative effects on the state of mind - statistically, this assumption is not.

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