Skip to comments.10 things your kids won’t tell you Fewer people are having kids, and those who do..
Posted on 09/22/2013 5:29:16 AM PDT by cunning_fish
1. I will cost you your dream house.
Couples thinking about starting a family might want to boost their saving goals. The cost of raising a child from birth to age 17 is higher than the price of the average American home: Middle-income parents spend over $241,000 to raise a child, according to a study released last month by the U.S. Department of Agricultures Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion. The median price of a home, in contrast, currently stands at $203,500. And statistics show that, unsurprisingly, the more a family earns, the more they spend on their kids.
There are some economies of scale. The cost per child decreases as the number of children increaseseven though the overall cost continues to climb. Families with three or more children spend 22% less per child than those with only two children, as the kids get hand-me-down clothing and toys, help baby-sit, and share bedrooms. Plus, food can be bought in bulk and some child care services offer discounts for more than one child, says Mark Lino, a research economist with the Department of Agriculture. But youre better off economically if you have an only child, as most parents only have a set amount of income, Lino says.
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I could not read past #2. It breaks my heart that people would make this decision based on money. Dream house trumps children? How can that be right? Children are one of the delights of life.
Press “Next” right below the article.
Look at how many millions in the West buy into this anti-child mentality and are aborting themselves out of existence.
Boy do I hate these “one click per item” websites. What a scummy way to get extra ad income.
[[Dream house trumps children?]]
Yes, and dream jobs. A female lawyer is not likely to have many children.
Not surprisingly, the author, Quentin Fottrell, is a militant homosexual abortion activist.
Only the muslims and the moochers are having multiple babies. The producers are allowing themselves to be bred out of existence.
America does not need China’s one baby rule; our government has cleverly enacted it on a voluntary basis.
No, I did not mean that I could not figure out how to do it; I could not bring myself to do it, because my heart was heavy. What a terrible article - so materialistic, so void of any sense of mystery or delight in new life.
We have a new beautiful, amazing granddaughter, a surprise (how?) to the young ‘uns who chose to keep the pregnancy under HEAVY urging to get an abortion because they ‘would ruin their lives, not have a chance to finish college, etc.’ She is our delight, and those who urged her murder in utero are also delighted. And the young ‘uns are delighted, too, and stepping up to the plate.
How can people think - Gee, I won’t be able to buy a dream home if I continue with this pregnancy? What is a dream home with no children to fill it?
The bottom line is most people would never save enough money to have a kid, so these types of articles are simply anti-family.
When I was a kid, back in the sixties and early seventies, I remember "The Dream" being a big house, eating out at fancy restaurants, belonging to a country club, and driving a caddy. What else could anyone want?
I don't remember my parents promoting it, but I absorbed it from the atmosphere.
It doesn't sound like much has changed, except that we're all poorer, now.
Unless I overlooked it, the article missed “retirement delayed is retirement denied.” Not long ago, there was an article reporting that many parents are cleaning out their retirement funds to pay for kids’ college expenses. Guess what, they don’t retire and have every intention of dying in place. There is no “discretionary income” when you are raising children.
I wasn’t impressed. All these reasons COULD be valid, but usually aren’t, or it’s illogical to compare. Like the cost of a house and then children. How about the cost of children and the cost of a car? Or the cost of a microwave oven????? That’s cheaper than children too. sheesh.
#3, I’ll Break Your Heart.
Yeah, maybe. If you raise your kids like those parents that are threatening to sue the man who reluctantly exposed their little darlings identities when they TRASHED HIS HOUSE while he was away.
Kids aren’t perfect beings, neither are the parents, but there can be a love that transcends love and passion and what we thought we could accomplish. I’ll always remember this:
Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. Elizabeth Stone.
I made it all the way to number five before the excrement got too deep.’’
We have a handful, and we have been well to do and poor (thanks to Odumbo & co)
I wouldn’t trade them for the world. Wifey and I will always be “rich” with them in our lives
Libs are miserable selfish people who would never consider the gift of a child as a blessing.
Who gives a bleeping freep? "Never love anything that can't love you back."
Bottom line is middle class people are stupid and lazy and not ready to suffer even a little bit for a future.
Queering the whole world. That’s the agenda.
4. Have fun at work paying for my child care.
I think I see a possible way to avoid this one.
This article would never get written in Mali or Mexico.
It is aimed at credulous honkies and
was written by a Marxist.
Coming soon... race ‘betterment’ department.
Reshaping the demographics of the US one article at a time.
Exactly when did men start having “dream houses”?
Born in ‘44 and marrying in ‘68 with five children by 1980, I certainly don’t remember any conversations with men regarding their dream houses...their wife’s dream house perhaps, but never their own.
“Dream house”??? Give me a break.
I think bboop was physically capable of reading past 2, just not emotionally so without getting sickened by the nature of the article.
“I will cost you your dream house.”
Better that than the other way around!
I read no further. No need at all.
Heck, my dream house is a grass shack on “Topless Island”.
You forgot the other 'M' word: Mormons.
When I was eight years old in 1948, one of my uncles (the only successful one and the only unmarried one) told me, “Look around you and what do you see? Your parents and all your aunts and uncles are poor. Notice also that all of them have children. There is a connection,” or words to that effect. I never forgot that lesson, and it, along with other factors, convinced me. I never gave fatherhood a second thought thereafter.
Today, while my siblings struggle financially, I’m doing just fine, thank you.
Oddly enough, the world struggled by without any of my children.
I am not saying that people don’t get pleasure out of their children, some more certainly do and it gives them enormous pleasure and a reason for living. Good for them. It’s a highly personal decision.
My first marriage was without kids. My second marriage is with kids. I’ll take the marriage with kids every time.
Government in part, but mostly culture rot, is what is responsible for producers having fewer children. The blame for the culture rot falls on the Caucasian protestants who embraced contraception. The fault is with them. They are reaping what they have sown. There are many wonderful Protestants who don’t understand that Christ founded the Catholic Church. They are ignorant. We need these people in the Catholic Church so that they can make life decisions informed by Jesus’ church.
Speaking as a middle class person that raised three kids I might disagree.
They weren’t poor, your uncle was.
YOU are ignorant!
“Today, while my siblings struggle financially, Im doing just fine, thank you.”
Did you get to live in your “dream house”?
I guess you are older than 30.:-)
People in poor countries have more kids because they can afford them.
But they already put a stigma on the alternative. “Since the days when one parent stayed home (doing unpaid labor)”
Coming on here, insulting Protestants because they (we) don’t believe as you do. And I will venture a guess that you’re quick to complain about anti Catholic comments on Catholic threads. Is that the case???????
I like the Elizabeth Stone quote.
I am a lawyer and I have four. And i worked and supported my family. And no one to date has had therapy, jail time, a trap stamp, a divorce, bankruptcy, or out of wedlock pregnancy. They all love God and they all work hard to take care of themselves.
I have seen many families in the Christian community live on what appears to be nothing, reaping the rewards of their extended network. It has actually amazed me how people at near poverty levels have had things donate to them, have made birthdays and holidays out of nothing, and have gone on to serve others. If there is anything I have learned watching these folks - mostly home schoolers - it is that God really does provide, and life is about service - not acquisition.
I know a family with 12 kids. They have struggles, but they are happy.
It is time Protestants learn God’s truth about contraception. They seem to be disconnected from the idea that actions have consequences. The consequence of lowered birth rates is immigration replacing the children that we were too selfish to have. The consequence of contraception is divorce and abortion. So I will criticize Protestants, just as I criticize wayward Catholics, just as I criticize Muslims, etc. because I want people to understand God’s will. He did reveal much of it to us these past few thousand years.
Did you get to live in your dream house?
Yep. Actually, I have two. One is a 4,000 square foot house on 23 acres that looks over a very large pond; the other is in another state. It's somewhat smaller but has 15 acres of woodland around it.
I would not have had this were I burdened with kids' costs--including college tuition payments.
IOW, I planned my life carefully and everything worked out the way I planned. I guess that somehow bothers you.
Somehow my post #47 did not get all of what I wrote into it. I said, in response to the above quote: My siblings were--and are--poor. My uncle was the one I had to go to when I desperately needed money to complete my last year of college. It would have been a waste to check with any of the other relatives (uncles, aunts and the such) since they were poor and had no excess funds. My uncle was a generous man to boot.
Your viewpoint is consumed by a narrow focus on what you think is important (not that mine is not; I see things from an entirely different perspective); and we just wouldn't agree that the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. We surely would disagree on whether my uncle was rich in the ways that count...at least to me.
What is the point of a dream house without kids?
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