I still can’t figure out why any logical person would want to have kids. I’ve written numerous articles about the cost of having a kid, and the consensus is they are expensive. To try and figure out why most of us want to have kids, I turned to one of my close friends who is a few months away from being a new parent. The conversation went like this…
Me: Have you ever wondered why we want to have kids? I mean it’s pretty weird when you think about it. They cost a lot of money, take up a lot of our time, can be quite frustrating, and they poop themselves. Sounds like a pretty crappy deal, both figuratively and literally.
Friend: I use to think the same thing. They definitely increase expenses, but the joys of having a kid, must outweigh all of the perceived negatives.
Me: That’s true, there must be a benefit to having kids, but I feel like if I had no concept of children, and then read about them, I would never want one.
Friend: Yeah, on paper having a kid probably isn’t the most fun sounding thing. What it really comes down to I guess, is an innate desire to provide for and nurture someone else.
Me: I’m listening.
Friend: Sure having a kid is going to be a lot of work, but being responsible for someone’s well being is kind of cool when you think about it. Being able to help someone that can’t help themselves is a rewarding experience. I think that’s really what it comes down to.
Me: I see. Not to mention they are a tax deduction and once they are like 6 years old you can make them take out the garbage and stuff.
So what is it bloggers? What is it about children that make most of us want to have them? I know they can make me smile and feel warm fuzzies inside, but so can apple pie. There has to be some deeper underlying desire… right?
p.s. If you don’t want to have kids just re-read this whole article and insert the pet of your choice (cat, dog, etc) each time I refer to kids.