The excuse so often given is that they "need to both work" so they need to have daycare.
I had only one child and before she was born both my husband and I agreed we were not going to place her in daycare. Please note that we were not rich, in fact we were considered lower class citizens, living on minimum wage. Rather than dumping our daughter in daycare we simply altered our schedules so that while he worked full time and I worked part time, I worked on days and times when he was home, and visa versa.
We were very frugal with our money. We did not have cell phones, internet, or cable television. We had one car that we shared, it cost us very little to buy and we were not making payments on it. We never went out for coffee but we often went for lovely walks to the park.
We put our child as a priority rather than having "stuff".
When I hear people say that they cannot afford for one person to stay at home and watch their children I seriously wonder what they are thinking, because if we did it on a really low income, anyone with a better income should be able to do it too.
Otherwise I have to wonder why even have a child if you are not willing to raise it yourself, particularly as children's most formative years are 0 to 5.
If a person cannot stay home to raise one child, then why do they have more? Surely this raises their day care expenses and further cuts into their income.
|Universe 25, a study on mice which showed that as populations grew the parent mice cared less and less for their own offspring with each new generation.|
Again, as a low income person, if my husband and I could figure out a way for one of us to always stay home, for sure a couple making a higher income should be able to figure it out too.
Over all though, parents would be wise to remember that one kid is expensive, more will not be cheaper.
The world is not at a loss for population, we need to control our numbers, there is no need for people who produce more and more kids that they are unwilling to look after and will put in the trust of strangers. Is this the result of human overpopulation? Or the result of human greed?