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Published: Sunday, July 27 2014 5:30 a.m. MDT

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Hutterite
American Fork, UT

Children are an incredible economic burden. Not having them may be a very wise decision.

IDSpud
Eagle, ID

@ Hutterite: Can't tell yet if you are, or aren't, just laying down some bait. Children have been an economic "burden" since the beginning of the human race. They are also an economic necessity. It may be wise for some (because of lack of finances, or sufficient education, etc.) to not have kids, but I for one am counting on there being enough of the younger generation around, and having kids, to keep the societal ship afloat.

NorthOfHere
Rexburg, ID

Children have been born into some very difficult circumstances through the ages. There are some people who are unfit to successfully raise children in their current circumstance. Children are certainly not a financial investment.

That being said, what could be adjusted in the life of a husband and wife to pull back on the reins of our modern consume culture? Could their life be simpler? Are iPhones as necessary as retailers and the Jones' are trying to convince us they are? Aren't children a much, much more important investment?

I understand there are difficulties surrounding the situation of those married adults who desire to have children and can't, due to medical reasons. We as a society should be extremely sensitive to those feelings. I also agree that a financial plan is a necessity before a children is added to the list of expenses. However, having a child will always be a sacrifice for a couple to make. Please, please don't let money stop you from having a family.

USAlover
Salt Lake City, UT

@Hutterite

Your parents probably felt the same way.

Br. Jones
East Coast, MD

@North of Here:

If the cost of conceiving, birthing, raising, and educating a child cost as little as an iPhone, we'd have at least 5 kids. If only.

Opportunity cost (i.e. one of us having to give up work), housing, and student debt are far more crushing to us than the actual cost of raising our two kids. Neither of us can find jobs in places that are affordable to live in, and there's not much we can do about our student debt besides pay it off as we can. It's great for people who went to BYU (or didn't go to college) and live out West to talk about how easy it is to start a family, but for those of us that wound up in different circumstances, we can't always have the same outcomes. And that's okay.

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