I guess this is a rather controversial topic, but I will address it. This is the subject of having children. According to recent polls Americans are not having children and I would say this is a shame. The reason why this is a shame is that these people are really missing out on a wonderful experience. Now I do understand not having children because it is a great challenge and it does cost money and takes up a lot of time. However it is totally worth it in the end. Here is why I think everyone should have kids.
First of before I go into this I would advise that anyone who wants to have kids should be married to a person they totally adore and can see being with for the rest of their lives. Also this person should also be onboard with having kids. These two steps would go a long way to taking care of children. But here goes. Children are awesome. They wake up with big smiles on their faces and want you to do everything with them. In fact they are kind of like built in friends for you. Maybe I should not say friends, maybe I should say companions cause in many ways they are. They know when you are sad or happy and they want to be there for you. Just think about it, who do you talk to most? Your parents or friends. Probably your parents.
They are also worth a massive tax deduction and you even get money for having them from the government. This means that the government essentially is paying you to have children. It goes up by about 3000 dollars a child. While this may not be enough to live of off, it is an incentive to have children. (we can discuss the transfer of wealth from one to another at another time). Also many other government benefits are contingent on the number of children you have. I would imagine that the government would incentivize having of children, especially seeing that they will be future soldiers and tax payers.
Finally one of the strongest arguments for having children essentially boils down to your retirement. I understand most people expect to live into their 80’s and use Social Security to retire and eventually they will be stuck in a retirement home. Well we don’t know what the future will hold and it is very likely that all the governmental promises will not pay out (figuring that ss ran out of money for the first time in 2012 and the baby boomers have just started retiring). Therefore, who will you rely on to take care of you when you retire? It will be your family. So all of these people who don’t have children will have a hard time having anyone take care of them, especially the ones that don’t have any money to pay for their retirement.
While having children is down played in most western societies and fueled by the fear of overpopulation. The individual has to make a decision for themselves on how they will face the future. They can make a ton of money and hope for the best. This is, versus having children that do cost a fair amount of money. However they are a blast to have around and there is no replacement for the hugs they give you and when they say they love you. They will also take care of you when you are old. Lastly I will leave you with this: I have never heard anyone say they regretted having a child, most people regret not having more.
Americans not having children: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2148636,00.htm