Parenthood Takes Huge Hit By Sex-Crazed Alcoholics

Rant 33

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There are times when studies are helpful -- you learn something, realize you shouldn't eat so much garlic because it will give you heartburn or something and you move on ... maybe even better for knowing it. Other studies, however, can irritate you worse than having poison ivy between your fingers and toes, worse than having a kid-less person gloat about the fact they don't have kids in front of people who do and feel blessed to be called Mom or Dad. This study revealed that sex and alcohol make people happier than having kids. It gave me that kind of annoying itch and got me all twitchy when I read some of the reactions some people had to that study. 

I understand that people can be cruel. And I also understand that some people aren't cut out to be parents. But a study saying that people find more soul-satisfying happiness in sex and a six-pack than being a parent makes me terribly sad.

Studies like this -- and the commentary that can come from them -- just makes parents feel bad. And think about how it makes any parent who lost a child feel. It negates the beauty of having children -- all children, whether they lived in our womb for a few months or walked the Earth for many years. How could any parent or non-parent boast that they believe sex and alcohol is better than being blessed with parenthood when there are parents grieving?

If we believe this study, this clearly must mean that if you are trying to conceive and having difficulty, no worries there. Just pour yourself a glass of whiskey and get naked and everything will be just fine. That's sarcasm in case you missed it. Make no mistake, this study pisses me off.

Now of course I think sex is great -- it's amazing actually and I am really into having it. When you think about it, children are the product of the beauty of sex (okay, let's not tell my toddlers that just yet). So it's kind of chicken and the egg. But alcohol? Drinking can erase your mind and it's a depressant. People who are tricked into thinking that is better than parenthood perhaps shouldn't be parents. 

This study caught me on a bad day, a day when maybe I'm feeling a little more sensitive to these types of things. Maybe those who were polled for this study were college kids really into partying and no where near ready to have kids. Maybe I should just believe that. But for me, becoming a mother was thing I ever did. There is no downside. It's the most amazing, fulfilling experience and with every year I just feel more blessed.

Because you're probably curious, here were the activities that provided the most satisfaction, in order of favorite, according to the people polled.

  1. Sex
  2. Drinking alcohol
  3. Volunteering
  4. Meditating/religion
  5. Caring for children
  6. Listening to music
  7. Socializing
  8. Hobbies
  9. Shopping
  10. Gaming

So volunteering is better than caring for children. No wonder kids are treated with disrespect. I sure am glad that gaming didn't beat parenthood. I do respect that others find pleasure in different things, and I definitely do find pleasure in some sweet lovemaking and a glass of wine (sometimes even together), but it's the way some child-less people are reacting to the study that is bothersome. The way some say "HELL YEAH THIS IS WHY I DON'T HAVE KIDS! PARENTHOOD MEANS DEATH."

We all know this is simply not true. Right? Look, if you don't want kids and don't like them, don't have them. Period. Don't go crapping all over those of us who procreate. We're busy, having sex, with a product.

I need some papaya pills. My heartburn is acting up.

What do you think of this study? Does it bother you when kid-less people make parenthood seem like it's the end of the world?


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Erin Kull

you are completely off your rocker today lady. if there are people who don't want kids and are NOT having should be HAPPY. That means there is one less person out there possibly not abusing their own child. Wow! So if someone doesn't want kids...they are supposed to feel bad for the people who can't? Can you come up with something that is more full of bs? Why should a person who doesn't want to have kids feel bad? Why? And who are you to judge someone who would rather get drunk and have sex than have to make a lifelong committment to a child? Wow...this article is just plain stupid!

Tracy Peterson Taylor

Amen Erin.  In addition, what REALLY bothers me is people with children telling those without kids how unfulfilled they are, how they are missing out, or how their lives are just aren't good enough as theirs.  Or how having children is the only way to be happy.  Please.  And if I'm going to rant a bit, how about parents telling those without kids how hard their lives are...  you chose to have children, and they are WORK.  Stop complaining.

nonmember avatar kat

I'd need a little more information before I could form an opinion. Specifically, what are the demographics of the people surveyed? I poked around and couldn't find them on the site linked to in this article, but it sounds like they got a lot of twenty-somethings (and, at that, in their early 20s). People of that age generally don't have the best long-term planning skills because that part of the brain is still actually developing then, so of course they're still looking at immediate gratification. (And, throughout our lives, I don't think we ever really lose that tendency towards wanting it NOW.)

I guess it's more the reactions showing misguided conceptions of parenthood that bother me. (Yes, it's a lot of work, but the rewarding parts are rarely shown because they aren't "interesting". Sad.) I am actually still in my early 20's, but I know that I do want children someday because I've seen more than just what the media presents about parenthood, and, let's face it: media exaggerates. Honestly, though, I'm betting half of that is an immediate reaction without having to think about it, which is the saddest part for me. Still, as has been (and likely will be) said over and over, I'm glad the people who are reacting this way probably aren't having kids. Maybe, someday, when they learn to stop focusing entirely on themselves and their wants, they will be in a place where they can and want to, but as long as they are not in that place, kids are a BAD idea.

Michelle Tribble

Don't be upset. Thing is that article doesn't state the parameters of the study so you don't even know who was texting the results. The people responding to the survey could be in high school for all you know or if they're adults they may not have children. It would indeed be a tragedy if current parents were answering they'd rather get drunk and have sex than 'care for children', which btw can leave the impression of babysitting for a neighbor or taking care of your own kids. It appears to be a poorly constructed survey out of NZ so don't despair.

the4m... the4mutts

If someone doesn't want kids, and they prefer their partying lifestyle over the HUGE responsibility of having children, well, good for them.

Sure, they're being entitled and selfish. But no more so than parents! We don't have kids for the simple fact of giving someone a better life. That's only part of it. We have kids because WE WANT THEM. Some people go to costly and extreme measures to go through the act of pregnancy and giving birth, when they could just adopt. Why? Because they want that experience. Both sides are equally selfish, and both sides have people who think they're nuts for living their life that way. Why not just live our own lives, and as long as nobody is shoving their choices down your throat, then just ignore them.

Venae Venae

Alcohol fueled sex is why many of us are here in the first place!

I'm with all of you - please don't have kids because it's what's expected - I don't consider you selfish - quite the opposite.

spect... spectralmind

"Drinking alcohol or partying came second in terms of pleasure but only 10th in terms of meaning, the Daily Mail reported."

Using Facebook and doing housework both ranked low on the happiness scale, according to the study compiled by Carsten Grimm from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand."

Hey, before you get all up in arms about the results of a study, try actually READING it first. It says that sex and booze were top in PLEASURE, but bottom in MEANING. The study does not say how caring for children scored, but considering it's in the middle, no one should be worried. READ stuff before you get your panties in a bunch guys. 

miche... micheledo

Have to say, having sex is a LOT more fun then "caring for children.." But I don't consider that the same as being a parent. Maybe if it said caring for YOUR own children?

As a young single, caring for kids was sometimes a lot of fun!

Vegeta Vegeta

Not so much a study, sounds like they went to a college quad and asked some students what makes them happy. And if I was asked that question I would take it to mean what gives me the best immediate satisfaction. So yes sex alcohol and gaming would come to me long before children would be considered, puppies on the otherhand may be number one lol

Lynette Lynette

And then they get old and they have little to no family to care about them (IF they are lucky they have a niece or nephew to care for them).  That to me would be heartbreaking.

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