Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Interesting Articles from the Post

Interesting article in the Post yesterday about the stress on parents from having a child with ADHD. With the headline, however, I though the article would be about my long-suffering wife!

Married, With ADHD
Relationships Suffer Under Stress of Raising Child With Disorder, Study Finds

Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, March 3, 2009; Page HE01

For many years, scientists have explored how parental conflicts and other marital problems can affect the well-being of children. Far less attention has been paid to the opposite question: How do children, especially difficult children, influence the quality of married life?

Then there's the article about marriage after the kids are gone (yes, parents, this day WILL come). Some fascinating statistics: in 1880, researchers estimate that 75 percent of couples in the United States had children at home; in 1960 it was around 60 percent; today it's around 46 percent. It was a little sad to read about the 90 year old man who was divorcing his 89 year old wife of 19 years (second marriage for both) because he couldn't see spending the rest of his life with her. The good news is that few women now die in childbirth and few men head off to sea at age 25!

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