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Couples lack finances & mental preparedness for children

Postby tankee » Sat Oct 06, 2012 12:14 pm

SINGAPORE: About one out of two couples say not having enough finances is the main reason for not having children, while about one in three couples cite not being mentally prepared as another reason for putting off having children.

This is according to a survey conducted by voluntary welfare organisation I Love Children on 614 participants.

"Currently, infant care in Singapore is still quite expensive. Even the more affordable ones, after government subsidies, is still S$700 a month," said 26-year-old Ms Gillian Neo.

Minister of State for Community Development, Youth and Sports, Madam Halimah Yacob, said the biggest challenge the government faces is convincing couples that having children is important.

She made this point at a dialogue session on Friday, attended by about 20 people.

"We can try to give more subsidy support and look at ways of improving the infrastructure (and) environment for our young people," said Madam Halimah. "But at the end of the day, I think it's also important that they have to recognise these issues."

"What I'm really glad hearing is that, at some point, (couples) realise that priorities are important," she added.

"And all of them feel that putting the family at the centre is very important as a priority. Because it's not a question of contributing to growth or development. It's a question of what you want out of your life, what will give you the greatest fulfillment. They recognise that children are important."

At the dialogue "Maybe Baby", young parents also said that flexi-work arrangements are a major incentive as that will enable them to spend more time with their children.............


http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/ ... 37/1/.html

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Re: Couples lack finances & mental preparedness for children

Postby kiddo » Sat Oct 06, 2012 12:36 pm

This is one of those issue that we need to
Do it using the Heart to think
And not use the Head to think ( and calculated?)
It will never get done :gloomy:

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Re: Couples lack finances & mental preparedness for children

Postby tankee » Sat Oct 06, 2012 12:47 pm

I once heard a couple complaining, something like ....

after paying the condo and car instalments, where got money to have baby?

:roll:

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Re: Couples lack finances & mental preparedness for children

Postby BeContented » Sat Oct 06, 2012 3:46 pm

tankee wrote:I once heard a couple complaining, something like ....

after paying the condo and car instalments, where got money to have baby?

:roll:


Pretty common.
Lists include :--
- single room at Gleneagles/Mount E.
- must feed only organic food
- no $ for TLL
- top range stroller
- baby clothes all branded (everything in fact must be branded)
Everything must be top range..............
Dunno to envy or :slapshead:

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Re: Couples lack finances & mental preparedness for children

Postby SAHM_TAN » Sat Oct 06, 2012 3:57 pm

BeContented wrote:
tankee wrote:I once heard a couple complaining, something like ....

after paying the condo and car instalments, where got money to have baby?

:roll:


Pretty common.
Lists include :--
- single room at Gleneagles/Mount E.
- must feed only organic food
- no $ for TLL
- top range stroller
- baby clothes all branded (everything in fact must be branded)
Everything must be top range..............
Dunno to envy or :slapshead:


Or dear, I have short-changed my kids and myself :rotflmao:

Breast milk consider organic food or not ? :wink:

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Re: Couples lack finances & mental preparedness for children

Postby SAHM_TAN » Sat Oct 06, 2012 3:59 pm

Although I have 3 kids, I don't really think about why I have kids.

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Re: Couples lack finances & mental preparedness for children

Postby BeContented » Sat Oct 06, 2012 4:23 pm

SAHM_TAN wrote:Although I have 3 kids, I don't really think about why I have kids.


Same here. But I have only 2. Not having a third cos physically & mentally I believe I may not be able to cope plus age/health consideration.

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Re: Couples lack finances & mental preparedness for children

Postby Lilac66 » Sat Oct 06, 2012 4:30 pm

The figures cited sure looks daunting... :sweat:

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Re: Couples lack finances & mental preparedness for children

Postby beanbear » Sat Oct 06, 2012 4:55 pm

SAHM_TAN wrote:Although I have 3 kids, I don't really think about why I have kids.


Now that DH & I have four, we keep reminding ourselves why we should NOT have anymore!! :rotflmao:

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Re: Couples lack finances & mental preparedness for children

Postby alng » Sat Oct 06, 2012 5:04 pm

SAHM_TAN wrote:Or dear, I have short-changed my kids and myself :rotflmao:

Breast milk consider organic food or not ? :wink:


No, you have definitely not short-changed your kids. Breastmilk is not just organic, it is the GOLDEN standard. :-)

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