“Don’t have kids, or better yet, don’t get married.”
My mum says this to me from time to time. And who could blame her? Both sissy and I have been nothing but troublemakers. The amount of money they had to spend on us, the piano lessons we give up, the endless hours of tuition which didn’t help our grades at all, and the stress when the teachers had to call them in the evenings about unfinished homework, truancy and more. I could list more, but ask me over a cold pint on a hot saturday afternoon ok? Your treat of course 😉 And they worry now about my drinking vices. Whoops.
A google search for the cost of raising a kid in Singapore blows minds. Pointing to a mind boggling $1 million! See, in foreign countries, the kid’s are booted out the door to fend for themselves at 17. Here, we’d probably stay with our parents till we get.. Married.
Imagine having 3 kids now. Not taking into account the process of childbearing and endless sleepless nights that come right after that. The monetary implications are just too insane. You could buy a house, a freaking nice one at that, or split the money and buy a FEW houses.
On the flipside though, proud parents do say that having a kid does teach them more about responsibilities and to be better people in life. And that the costs involved are worth it.
Prices for everything though are rising. Milk powder, baby care products, childcare services, education, COST OF LIVING. I used to be one that wants to have lots of kids in the future. But now though, the reality frightens me, and what my mother says makes clearer sense.
In Singapore, its growing increasingly tough to even consider having a kid. Less getting married. But hey, thats just my opinion.. Whats yours?