Having children: A guide for (couple) survival

Parenting is hard. Having children changes the dynamic of the parents’ romantic relationship and affects the balance between housework and a person’s career. In most cases, mothers make greater sacrifices in terms of their time and ability to work, whereas father’s rarely have access to as much parental leave. Using data from the UK, this column shows the arrival of a first child has a negative effect on the parents’ relationship quality. This is largely driven by the wider effect of the mother having to forego professional work in place of household tasks.