Welcoming a second child? Has things changed?The dream of a married couple or a couple in a relationship or grandparents is to welcome a child, a new addition into the family. Although the number of children is decided by the choice of the couple and at times the medical conditions, some have to think of the financial implications of deciding to have a second child. This was not a major decision a few decades back. In the 60's-70's it was common to see 2-4 children in a family.
Now, one has to consider the total earnings, family expenses, commitments. More importantly, the money needed for raising children. To give children quality time, education, ensuring overall development, enrolling them into sports or other talent-related classes all need a good sum of money. Having a decent paying job with good security is always not possible, hence the long term question of marriage and retirement also comes in.
To some, the decision is hard and they stick to the plan of having only one child if the finances are limited. To some, the working couple having the second child becomes a distant dream because both are just starting their careers and do not have much support.
In today's scenario, welcoming the second child has its own implications for some newly married couples and their families.
Request to members not to bring in religion or population control in the discussion.