Marriage and Family | When Is A Good Time to Start a Family
In the United States there are approximately four million couples between the ages of 20 and 35 who don’t have children. About 3 percent of couples say they don’t want children, and about 20 percent of couples end up with no kids.
When couples marry after the average age of 27 they try to spend a few years by themselves to get to know each other before starting a family. When they finally decide to start a family they need to take into consideration the extra cost of raising children but also lost wages if one decides to be a stay at home parent. Babies are also very time consuming and their single life will never be the same. When leaving to go to family events, parties or wherever, they need to load up the car with everything from diapers, formula to whatever they need to keep the baby entertained. That’s why SUVs are so popular, babies and children have lots of stuff.
After thinking about how their single lives will change, they have the added expense of raising children. Diapers, formula, toys and clothes are just a start. As the kids get older they will have the extra expense of school related things and after school activities. Sports, dance, gymnastics are just a few activities that are very expensive for the parents.
When thinking about marriage and family half of couples experience stress related issues when trying to transform from just the two of them to adding to their family. They are parents 24/7 taking care of the infant, morning and night. Lots of sleepless night are in their future. When things just start to get easier they are thinking about having another baby and the sleepless night and diapers start all over again.
No matter if you decide to have children or not, it’s a decision that will affect the two of you as a couple and everything has to be considered. Marriage and Family go together for most people and is just a way of life that has been handed down from generations. But in the end, Marriage and Family is your decision.
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