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That is the minimum wage that is being used for the calculations.
Well if it was anymore like $40 a week, still don't think it's worth it, time you take out travelling expenses etc etc
If you want kids you be able to afford them on your own without others having to pay for them.......
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We decided that I would stay at home with the kids, and I had a blast. However, I still had to work - the UK system wasn't as generous as our one - so nights, key jobs, paperwork etc.
When we got here, my first job left us around $90? better off financially, but made me feel better about myself, allowed me to meet more people (I was already volunteering), and set my kids a better example.
When you consider that there are now families with three generations that have never worked, I believe it is important to show that you will take responsibility for your self, and your family, by working.*
IMHO, of course.
* i am in no way having a go at people who cannot work, btw.
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.....and the reason childcare is so expensive is that childcare workers want and deserve a decent wage. Working parents expect their children to be cared for by suitable people and have to pay for that.
I don't know if the article took into account the generous government rebates on childcare - as I didn't read to the end due to my dislike of this type of reporting. Really it is a non-story. I could say I work for $3 per hr by the time I pay my mortgage (actually I wish I had that much left!). We all make choices on where we spend our money.
financially it is not good - emotionally, that's a different story.
1. People should pay for their own kids, no handouts or benefits etc.
2. The country should not rely on future tax payers (current kids), taxing enough to put money away for the future instead.
3. All education should not be subsidised, but paid back in full once working - nothing is FREE, someone always pays for it somewhere.
As it stands, the country needs more kids to pay for our own future (for those with, and WITHOUT kids).
It's a pity governments generally only look to the next 3 or 4 years when planning.
just to be clear are you essentially wishing kids get saddled with some sort of loan/repayment plan post-secondary education? If so that might be the most ridiculous thing I've heard on here . The whole idea of 'state' education was to raise intelligent, educated kids who can contribute to society by working and paying taxes. I would put it to you tat taxes are a type of levy on education anyway.
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