U.S. parents are about 12% less happy than non-parents.
That's what a study by Jennifer Glass, et al. found. To be published in the American Journal of Sociology in September, the research project pinpointed the reasons underlying parental unhappiness.
Essentially they were related to the lack of family-friendly policies, both in the U.S. and a number of other developed economies. Those ranged from paid post-birth leave for both mothers and fathers to affordable child care.
In nations which had those, such as Norway and Spain, parents were happier than non-parents. The research was global. Here are the details in the Boston Globe.
Does this call for a wonkish type to be in the White House? Maybe. At least if America wants happy families.
Hillary Clinton loves policy. She could organize a committee to create the kinds of supports for parents which would relieve them of the sole responsibility and cost of giving birth to and rearing the next generation.
Would Donald Trump be capable of this kind of policy focus on the American family? That could happen if he rebrands. The new persona could out-wonk the cerebral Clintons.