Ask any parent what changes most after having children and you’ll likely get a large range of answers, but a new study finds that stress may be the most significant change in a new parents life.
Judy McCarthy* is a new mom in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Her friends were skeptical that her and her husband Brad* could handle the challenges of being parents.
“I thought for sure they’d have to hire a nanny or something. Especially since Brad* is a doctor and works like 18 hours a day.” Said their friend Megan*
“I think it’s terrible that they want to bring new life into this messed up world. What gives them the right to procreate?” Demanded Tina*, who we’re now not sure is actually their friend.
But even amid all this turmoil, Judy* took a stand and decided she wanted to have a child. A year later, their baby Abigail* was born. But even with the new pressures of motherhood, Judy* says her life had less stress than ever!
“It’s so much fun to have a baby! She’s super cute, and kinda looks like me. It’s like having a best friend you have to feed and change, but can never leave you. Brad* and I also figured out that if I divorce him on paper and then quit my job, I can get free money from the government now! All in all, having a baby has really lowered my stress levels.”
Brad* and Judy* now have six children and live in a quiet suburb in Waco where they can be a family without the government asking too many questions.
* Name changed for anonymity