The Economic Reason for Having Just One Child

The comments to this article are interesting. “The stigma of having one kid” ??? Try having none. Kids are expensive so I would think most people would understand why some people choose to have ‘only’ one. Hmmm, what do people want? Only one kid or none? Make up your mind society.

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One recent night, my daughter Dahlia and I popped out for pizza, and while we were chatting over our slices, CBSEvening News came on the television suspended over the counter. We sat transfixed by a segment on a massive number of homeless families that have settled in a makeshift community in the California desert. Dahlia chewed thoughtfully as she watched a father tell the reporter about how he had worn a tie to work until six months ago, when he lost everything and had no choice but to move there with his three kids. Then she shifted her eyes to me and asked, “Mama, that won’t be us because there’s only one of me instead of three?”

She’s on to something. According to the USDA, a child born in 2011 will cost an average of $234,900 to raise to age 18. If your household income is over $100,000, you can…

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