July 28, 2013
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Saw another measurement showing declining birthrate, http://www.webmd.com/baby/news/20130628/us-women-delay-motherhood-teen-births-historically-low-cdc?src=RSS_PUBLIC.
Declining birthrate is what I was predicting in 2008, http://caps.fool.com/Blogs/population-dynamics-in/123838?&mrr=0.33.
Having fewer, or no children is a way to make up quick ground in a period of reduced job opportunities, higher tuition, higher healthcare, and stagnant wages.
Also, studies on happiness show parents of raised children are proud and satisfied (happy) for the accomplishment, but during the years of raising children, childless couples are happier.
For people who choose to become parents, much of the happiness payoff is delayed until the children are independent, along with the happiness nirvana of grand-children. Along the way, though, the years of diapers, vomit, homework, enrollment and benefits paperwork, driver training, schlepping, and constant worry of adolescent and young adult dangers do not enhance a relationship, even if you were lucky enough to begin the journey with a true love.
The alternative possibility of paying off a house, school loans, and all debt in your 20's, skipping the kids, and moving directly to a satisfying personal and professional life that may span two-thirds of a life is a logical, and these days social, alternative.