How Much of Parenting is “Fun” and How Much of it is Just “Hard Work”?
A new survey asked 2,000 sets of parents that question, and the majority said it's about a 50/50 split, which seems pretty generous. Are you really having fun half the time you're taking care of your kids?
Anyway, the survey also asked people how old their kids were when they were the most fun to be around. And the average answer was five. That's when most kids can finally communicate well, and it's also when they start developing a sense of humor.
Meanwhile, the parents in the survey said the most stressful age is when they're 10-to-12 years old. The researchers don't say why that's the case, but it's probably safe to assume it's when they start rebelling, and stop doing whatever you say without questioning you.