Only as Happy as Our Least Happy Child

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Are parents only able to feel as happy as their least happy child, regardless of their age?

This is true in full and empty nests alike according to Karen Fingerman, a University of Texas Human Development and Family Sciences professor. She speculates that parents are especially sensitive to a child’s failure simply because that indicates failure on their part: it seems to reflect the effectiveness of their child-rearing skills. Read about her study in

Parents’ Happiness Linked to Their Least-Happy Child’s | The Alcalde.

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