Babies And Marriage

Even though any parent will tell you (hopefully) that their children are the lights of their life, having kids will make a marriage less lovely, at least for a bit. A study published in the Journal of Family Psychology found that couples experience a serious drop in marital satisfaction in their first year of being parents. This might have something to do with the fact that new parents get something like three hours of sleep every night. By the time the baby is 18 months old, however, marital satisfaction bounces back. Another marriage study by the same author found that 29 percent of newlywed couples were physically aggressive — and more wives than husbands were aggressive. Newlyweds who aren’t aggressive or who are moderately aggressive (throwing things, pushing, grabbing, shoving, or slapping) tend to maintain the same level of aggression over time. Severely aggressive couples (kicking, biting, hitting with a fist or object) tend to get less intense, and even reach the same level of aggression as non-aggressive couples by three years of marriage. No word on how this affects their sex lives. [Newswise]