Having a second child worsens parents’ mental health

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For many parents, the decision to have a second child is made with the expectation that two can’t be more work than one. But our research on Australian parents shows this logic is flawed: second children increase time pressure and deteriorate parents’ mental health.

New research shows that while it’s true that having a child will, on average, improve the mental health and wellbeing of parents, having a second makes it worse again. I’m not sure I needed to read this research to feel like this was true, but it’s interesting to read that it’s statistically true as well as on a personal level.

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