Tuesday, June 17, 2008



At June 18, 2008 10:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When my daughter was born we faced a choice, would I work a regular job or not. After looking at child care costs and expected wages, we decided that there was more value in me staying home.

Not only would we not need childcare, but I am home to cook, clean, garden, homeschool our child, and sew, which supports my family better than my going to work and paying services or shops for all the basics of life. Lots of families should really take a look at whether they are better off with 2 incomes, or one income and the savings from not paying for child care, having a garden, home cooked food, and home made clothes.

For us the choise was easy, which is better, me working for -$3 an hour, or me staying home and helping us live frugaly.

At June 18, 2008 12:47 PM, Blogger Lars said...

With wages remaining fairly flat and having less purchasing power than in the past, while expenses for transport rising (gas to get you to work), this makes sense. Eventually the return you get from working does not outweigh the benefits derived from staying home to raise your own children.

Though the recent 60 minutes piece on why Denmark has the happiest people in the world illustrates how different our priorities are in this country. Here we waste unparalleled amounts of money on weaponary. In Denmark they tax heavily, but get free education, paternity and maternity leave and much, much more. It's possible to improve our lives in this country if we just give up on the notion that we have to be the world's bully to get everything that we want.


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