Children and Parenting

Children and Parenting - Children and Parenting Fertility...

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Children and Parenting Fertility has gone down in the U.S. and many developed nations. It has also gone down in developing nations, but not as dramatically as is the case in developed nations. See p. 238 for 2005 statistics by race/ethnicity in U.S. DISCUSSION: Why has fertility declined in developed nations but not as much in less developed nations? Motivation for parenthood DISCUSSION: Why have kids? Economic assets (traditionally) but in industrialized world they are economic liabilities Personal identity and meaning production Emotional gratification Enhancing social capital (see cites on bottom p. 241) Costs of having kids $231,470 born in 2001 to age 18 (Lino 2002; TXT 242) 42% of household expenditures are for kids opportunity costs: professional oppor costs esp. for women who stay home: wages, ss, pension loss of free time and schedule flexibility loss of money that is now spent on kids that could be spent in other ways stress to individuals vast majority say the pleasures outweigh the pain
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