Are you a parent looking to spice up your sex life? You may want to consider changing an extra diaper, taking on a midnight feeding or letting your partner sleep in on the weekend. A new study suggests that parents who share child care responsibilities more evenly end up having a more satisfying sex life.
CBS News reports about the new research from Georgia State University in Atlanta that suggests sharing child care duties can benefit parents’ sex life and overall satisfaction within the relationship.
Most parents know that having kids can be very rewarding, but it also comes with a lot of responsibility and added stress to any relationship. Researchers involved in the study looked at almost 500 heterosexual couples with kids. The group was made up of 3 distinct groups; couples where the woman took on 60% or more of child care duties, those with the man taking on the majority of the responsibilities to care for the child, and couples who split the duties equally.
Researchers found that couples who experienced the most friction were the ones where the mom took on most of the child care duties which included enforcing rules, doling out punishments and praise, and playing with the child.
Parents who shared equal child care responsibilities reported feeling the most satisfied with their sex life and overall relationship with their spouse. Study author Daniel Carlson explains how taking care of children relates to other aspects of the relationship. He says, “We don't really know exactly what is behind this. But it could be that a relationship suffers when one person feels overburdened, overworked or overtired. Or it could be that a certain degree of dissatisfaction with having to do all the work, while the other isn't doing any of it, undermines the bond between couples. And that can carry over to the bedroom.”
What do you think of the recent study that suggests parents who share child care responsibilities are more satisfied in the bedroom?
Do you and your spouse get along better when the child care duties are split more evenly?