I recently read an article titled, “Why Your Kids are Economically Worthless.” This may be true for most parents, but the reason my wife and I keep popping out children is to create our own little sweatshop in the basement. We are amassing a huge underground fortune (think of me as the Walter White of child labor).
Ok..Ok..I’m just kidding before anyone decides to call child services. Sorry for digressing.
This article was interesting because I learned that during the 1800s, instead of having children to love and adore, people had children to increase their net worth. Seriously – the more children you had the better off you were!
Many times the reason people had children was so they could kick in money when they started working (as early as six). Children were expected to work on farms, sew, and even labor in factories. The money earned was then given to the families.
I could only imagine those conversations back then…”Charlie, you better get your butt to work or we won’t use the money you earned to buy you a Christmas present”.
Could you fathom waking up your eight year old to make sure he got to the second shift on time. Then the kids would work up to 70 hours a week! I don’t know about you, but I have a difficult time getting my five year old to spend 10 minutes picking up toys, let alone 70 hours of hard core labor. Luckily, this was all stopped by child labor laws in the 1900s.
So today, instead of adding to the family net worth, children cost about $295,000 to raise from birth till 18. (watch the video above for more info on cost of raising children) So why in the world would anyone want to have children? Here are three reasons why I choose to raise children:
1) Unconditional Love
When you have children, you will experience unconditional love for the first time in your life. Yes…I love my wife, but there is no love that can compare to your children! It’s difficult to explain, but if you have children you know what I mean.
2) Makes Me a Better Person
This may be selfish, but since I have had kids I feel I have become better person. You want to be an example for your children and you want them to think of you as Superman. I feel I am more motivated to succeed, work harder, more patient, and have more of a purpose.
3) I am Saving the Human Race
As I have written before, people need to raise children rather than have kids. Well, I feel like my wife and I are good parents and we are raising future adults who will be independent and make an impact on society.
This last point is important because without parents raising good children, our whole world is in trouble.