Many adults delay parenthood for these two reasons

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  • Br. Jones East Coast, MD
    July 30, 2014 2:36 p.m.

    @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.

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    July 29, 2014 9:07 a.m.


    Your parents probably felt the same way.

  • NorthOfHere Rexburg, ID
    July 28, 2014 3:39 p.m.

    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.

  • IDSpud Eagle, ID
    July 27, 2014 3:47 p.m.

    @ 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.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    July 27, 2014 9:37 a.m.

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