Everybody has their own preference whether to have kids or not, but a study found that parents live about two years longer than their peers who have no kids. Men and women with at least one child had “lower death risks” than childless ones.
Despite all the sleepless nights, temper tantrums and child health emergencies, having these bundle of happiness really lengthen our lifespan.
Researchers tracked the lifespan of men and women born between 1911 and 1925 and living in Sweden, more than 1.4 million people in total. They also gathered data on whether the participants were married and had children.
In a report by Inquirer, fathers gain more in life expectancy than mothers. How unfair, but it’s understandable, mums get less sleep and more stress when a child is added to the family. “At 60 years of age, the difference in life expectancy was two years for men and 1.5 years for women” compared to peers with no kids. “By age 80, men who fathered children had a remaining life expectancy of seven years and eight months, compared to seven years for childless men, said the team.
For mothers, life expectancy at 80 was nine years and six months, while for childless women is was eight years and 11 months.” The study merely pointed out a correlation and cannot conclude that having children is the cause of life expectancy gains. According to theory, parents may benefit from social and financial support from their children in older age, which childless people lose out on, and childless people probably live unhealthier lifestyles than parents do.
Give your child a big hug and a kiss to thank them, and hope they continue to be your bundle of joy!