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Parents Find Time with Children More Rewarding than Work

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Kids can be exhausting but well worth it, especially when compared to work.

That’s the main takeaway from a Pew Research Center analysis of parenting in the U.S.

According to the poll, adults with children under age 18 in the home say 62 percent of their experiences raising kids are “very meaningful.”  Meanwhile, parents also acknowledge that 12 percent of child-care activities are “very tiring.”

Parents say they’re “very happy” in just over a third of the activities spent with their children.

This is in marked contrast to how parents feel about what kind of rewards they’re getting from their jobs.

They say that just 36 percent of paid work-related activities are “very meaningful.”  Five percent of these work activities are ranked as “very tiring.”

Meanwhile, only 19 percent of their paid work-related activities make parents “very happy.”

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

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