An interesting question for discussion came up the other day about children and who should have them.
My title is a bit controversial but what it came down to, was the idea that if people are unable to support themselves with a living wage (meaning they’re on welfare), should they be allowed to have children (and therefore new mouths to feed) that they will also not be able to support?
In essence, these children they are having would be supported by society and not by their parents, as they would be on welfare and receiving money for these kids.
So this begged the question: Should anyone be allowed to have children if they are unable to support them?
For me, the answer is no, but not a cut & dry “no”.
On the one hand, I really believe that if you have children, you are having them because you can afford to support them and be independent of society to do so.
On the other hand, if you for whatever circumstance, are not able to support yourself, after having Baby Bun, I can’t imagine ever telling anyone that they shouldn’t be allowed to have children just because of money.
Having Baby Bun has been the best and the worst experience of my life. The good outweighs the bad, but it is not an experience that I could have ever replicated without having a child.
…so where do you draw the line for this? On a case-by-case exceptional basis?
It is one thing to say that you don’t have money to have children, but it is another entirely to say you truly cannot support yourself and want children anyway.
A co-worker brought up an interesting point about how some people actually milk the system by having MORE children just to get these special benefit payments to support them, and it’s kind of how some of them create an income of sorts to live, without thinking about whether or not their kids would then be possible future dependents upon the teats of society’s goodwill and be ALSO unable to support themselves and future generations.
You can read my updated notes here related to this post.
Should you only have children if you can afford to support them?
(Image from Instagram – Like father like son)