Can the salaried middle class afford a second child?It's every couple/parents dream to have children of their own, see them grow, take off in life and do better than the parents. Many can afford to have 2 or more children. For the salaried middle class, who have earn a living, pay taxes and manage the household on a limited budget, any extra event or a financial commitment becomes a hurdle that the couple have to find ways to accomodate.
Bringing a child into this world, taking care of it means devoting time and resources for their well-being. Education is the next big challenge for the parents, securing a seat in the nursery schools and the primary schools is an uphill task that needs lot of money. Then at every step, parents have to plan for the upcoming expenses. The cost of living also has escalated a lot, especially in the big metros.
Many middle class households exist on earning of both the husband and wife. Some are blessed with family members to take care of children, the rest have to arrange for childcare. So, dedicated resources, quality time and money for a second child is something that people have to think about. Some parents have already decided to have one child and take care of it adequately and cannot think of a second child until circumstances improve.
Is it ok to have two children when we really can't afford or have one child and nurture it well?