Kids may be killing your marital joy

July 3rd, 2012 - 9:02 pm ICT by IANS  

London, July 3 (IANS) While many of us may feel parenthood brings an unforgettable joy in marital life, a British study says having children could ruin a couple’s relationship after finding six out of ten new parents claiming to be having less sex and a third saying more often.

The survey conducted by parenting website Yano found 42 percent of the women were not as attracted to their husbands or partners following childbirth. They blamed financial pressures and arguments over household chores for increased arguments, Daily Telegraph reported.

As many as six in every ten parents said their intimate relationship had deteriorated since having children, with 28 percent having sex just once a month, five percent once a year and seven percent not at all.

Over half of the couples reported rowing as a result of financial pressures, and 41 percent over who should do the chores. Six percent had already split up by the time their baby was born.

Some of the new mothers said they resented their husband’s approach to fatherhood as the women believed the men should take more responsibility for childcare.

In the survey, nearly four in every 10 new mothers and fathers confessed to finding their partner less attractive after having children, with 63 percent admitting their sex life had deteriorated.

Another 61 percent of the parents claimed having rowed over parenting styles, with only half spending quality time together once a month. Over a third reported arguing more since having children than ever before.

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