Sometimes, it feels like the left will not be satisfied until there are no more people left on the planet. In fact, that often seems to be what they’re advocating for!
Some snobby writer for The Independent, a left-leaning UK news site, recently tried to make the claim that having kids is the worst decision you can make. And he is wrong, in just so many ways.
“If you’ve noticed that your friends are starting to raise little families of their own, and you fancy a slice of parental bliss, you may want to hear what the experts have to say about parenthood first, writes Greg Evans.
The article, “The worst decision you can ever make is to have a child, according to science” was published in the “Discover” section of Indy100, which appears to be an offshoot of The Independent, where readers can “upvote” articles and they appear on the homepage according to ranking. The trending articles currently include such titles as “Shopping is like sex for some people, studies find” and “The glaring problem with the Harry Potter universe that no one talks about.”
Evans goes on to very loosely reference statistics that show that people experience less sleep, slumps in relationships and sex lives, and earn less money after having children.
One of his best quotes is perhaps the poorly-edited statement that “Furthermore, mother’s [sic] make roughly 3 percent less money than those that don’t have children.”
At the very least, this man needs a proofreader.
Most of his points, which are complemented by the inclusion of a video from a childless gay couple who explain just how awful it is to have children, mostly just list some of the obvious strains having children can put on your life.
Seriously though guys, at this point in human history, who needed to be told that having children comes with challenges?
Evans concludes his train wreck of an article by saying, “Finally there is the threat of overpopulation. Scientists predict that the world’s population will exceed 10.5 billion by 2050. If this happens, it will be harder for the population to produce enough food, water and shelter for everyone to survive adequately.”
These claims have actually been challenged by a number of demographers, who point out that as less children are born, increasing aging populations won’t have the workforce to stimulate an economy that will support them as they are unable to work.
“Therefore,” he continues, “by not having a kid you could be saving the planet. Of course, this isn’t to say don’t have kids at all – but it is an example of just how challenging this responsibility can be.”
Oh gee thanks. What a profound observation about parenting.
The entire premise of this article–that having children is the worst decision you’ll ever make–is preposterous, and hardly supported at all by the facts he cites.
Yes, having children costs money and can put strains on a marriage. If you are going to make the hyperbolic statement, however, that having children is the worst thing you could do for yourself could easily be answered by an equally dramatic “not having children is the worst thing that you could ever do” followed by a long list of the health risks posed to women who don’t have children, the high divorced rates among childless couples, and the depression associated with childlessness.
Statistics can prove both the difficulties and the benefits of having children. But what statistics do not show is the immeasurable joy and reward that one experiences through the roller coaster ride that is parenting. No matter what the financial cost of a child or the dramatic changes one experiences when becoming a parent, these things are minor. Nothing beats the miracle of bringing forth and raising up new life.
3Children are a heritage from the Lord,
offspring a reward from him.
Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
are children born in one’s youth.
Blessed is the man
whose quiver is full of them.
They will not be put to shame
when they contend with their opponents in court.
Pslam 127:3-5 (NIV)