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Many of us [belief / believe] that having children is the [key / quay] to happiness and a perfect family life. Naturally, this [idealistic / idealism] image is true for some, but researchers say that in [realism / reality] , children make us happiest when they fly the [den / nest] - when they have grown up and left home. Researchers in Germany looked at data from a [survey / scurvy] of 55,000 over 50-year-olds living in Europe. The survey [responses / respondents] were quizzed about their emotional wellbeing. The researchers discovered that most parents were happier with [lifetime / life] after their offspring had left home and started making their own [way / weight] in life. Researchers say this could be because raising children creates financial worry, stress, fatigue and [anxious / anxiety] .

The research was [leader / led] by Christoph Becker at Heidelberg University. He concluded that a big [reason / reasoned] for parents being happiest when their children leave home is that the tables are [twisty / turned] and the children provide more [support / supportive] to their parents. He said parents whose children no longer live with them suffer from [fewer / less] symptoms of depression and have a more [positively / positive] outlook on life. Regarding the role reversal in [providing / proving] support, Mr Becker said: "Children's roles as caregivers, providers of financial support [or / are] simply as a means of social contact might outweigh the negative [inspects / aspects] of parenthood." He added that maintaining family relationships may [stave / starve] off loneliness in ageing parents.

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