"We love them, of course, but new research suggests that having children makes us unhappy — it's just that none of us feels able to admit it." The Independent researches a taboo issue. "Descriptions of constant struggles with children suggest that parenting has more downsides than permanent fatigue and loss of social life. 'No group of parents, whether married, single, step or empty-nesters, reported significantly greater emotional wellbeing than non-parents,' found Robin Simon, professor of sociology at North Carolina's Wake Forest University. 'Of the three major components of adult life – employment, friendship and parenthood – raising children is the only one that doesn't promote wellbeing.'"