Do Children Really Make a Marriage Less Happy?
By Lauri Przybysz, Coordinator of Marriage and Family Life for the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Lauri and her husband John are North American Representatives for the International Confederation of Christian Family Movements.
In Church teaching, children are called the “Crown” of marriage, but those same documents also call children the “Cross” of marriage. Experienced parents can testify that children brought happiness and satisfaction to their lives, but they know it is not easy to raise a family. Research confirms that marital happiness suffers when children arrive. Think about those early years, and you would know what they theologians and scientists are talking about.