My father has an old saying. "Houses and spouses may come and go, but children will love you forever." While this statement may be coming from a place of discreet cynicism on his part, its foundation - that the love between a parent and a child is limitless - attempts to explain the inexplicable. The bond between parent and child cannot be measured, scientifically or otherwise. There is no quantifiable value to love, so far as I know.
That foundation is something this article, purporting that having children is foolish and all parents are delusional, would do well to take into account. I know it's edgy these days to look at only select pieces of an issue and dissect them one at a time, but it is misleading to then draw conclusions about the entire issue based on the selective research.
The author puts forward that parents overestimate the joys of parenthood to rationalize the waste of money children are.
First, children are only a waste of money on paper when you don't take into account their future as adults, but more importantly, since when can a stranger with charts and studies (a whopping 80-person study and 60-person study, I might add), assign value to someone else's treasure? A supposedly worthless tin ring can can signify someone's entire life with another. An old family heirloom could be worth pennies, but to the bequeathed? It's priceless. It is not up to someone else to tell me how much my kids are worth to me.
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