DADvocate – How important are children to a happy life?

This graph shows how the DADvocate Survey participants value their children. The specific question is “How Important are your children to a Happy Life? As you can see the great majority said between 8 and 10 with most of the respondents answering 10.  I didn’t find this surprising, but what I did find surprising was that there were a few respondents who actually put a 1 down.

I’ve got to be honest I just can possibly fathom that children are only a 1 in importance. They teach you so much. I was actually interrupted during the writing of this post by my daughter who was having a bad dream. It was the one where a snake comes and crawls on you. I remember having a similar dream as a kid and told her about it. She felt better and went back to bed. I feel better about that single interaction than anything else I’ve done all day. How can anyone rate this lower than an 8?

What do you think? If you would rate this lower than an 8 I’d love to hear from you! Tell us what drives your rating.

If you have not yet taken the DADvocate Survey please don’t forget to do so.

8 comments on “DADvocate – How important are children to a happy life?
  1. BenSpark says:

    I can't possibly imagine life before my daughter, Eva. I would certainly say that she was a 10 in importance of happiness. How could someone put down a 1. The only explanation for me was that they must have been confused by the question and thought 1 was the best. I agree Kevin, children teach us so much.

  2. Drew,

    That thought had occured to me too but I looked at a number of other questions the person answered and it was unfortunatly consistent. ie. doesn't spend time at home, doesn't spend time with the children, divorced, etc. It's ashame but there are people out there like that. This is one of the more interesting points about the research I've been doing. I honestly hope some of the folks who feel this way agree to the follow up interviews. It will be quite insightful to see.

  3. BenSpark says:

    I missed the survey in the first place but would love to take it and do an interview with you.

  4. The survey is under the DADvocate Tab above or you can take it by going to TheDADvocateProject.com, which is currently re-directed to that tab. I'm working with a designer to build out the new site. I'm trying to figure out a way to involve the community in the effort. My designer is awesome and we are looking at a superhero type theme. Any ideas on how to involve the community?

  5. BenSpark says:

    I can't possibly imagine life before my daughter, Eva. I would certainly say that she was a 10 in importance of happiness. How could someone put down a 1. The only explanation for me was that they must have been confused by the question and thought 1 was the best. I agree Kevin, children teach us so much.

  6. Drew,

    That thought had occured to me too but I looked at a number of other questions the person answered and it was unfortunatly consistent. ie. doesn't spend time at home, doesn't spend time with the children, divorced, etc. It's ashame but there are people out there like that. This is one of the more interesting points about the research I've been doing. I honestly hope some of the folks who feel this way agree to the follow up interviews. It will be quite insightful to see.

  7. BenSpark says:

    I missed the survey in the first place but would love to take it and do an interview with you.

  8. The survey is under the DADvocate Tab above or you can take it by going to TheDADvocateProject.com, which is currently re-directed to that tab. I'm working with a designer to build out the new site. I'm trying to figure out a way to involve the community in the effort. My designer is awesome and we are looking at a superhero type theme. Any ideas on how to involve the community?

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