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Response to No Vested Interest (Reply #5)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 03:01 AM

9. Child care is extremely expensive.

That's the problem. Pre-school care. Hiring someone to care for your baby while you work.

Working women cannot make enough to pay for the costs of a baby, of the health care, of the child care, transportation and everything else they need nowadays.

And then there is the dream of a home and a college education for your kids. Raising a child, I have heard a young mother say, is estimated to cost around a million dollars over a lifetime. I assume that part of the cost is in the loss that a couple experiences due to the fact that one parent will miss work and receive fewer promotions at work because of the demands of parenting like taking a baby to the doctor, etc.

Employers don't offer much support or understanding for young parents who need extra time off for their children.
It's partly the costs of a child and partly the fear of losing their jobs that makes young people hesitate to have another baby.

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