quote:Originally posted by Black Viking:
If a woman makes 80k a year, and she marries a man who makes 40k, then when she goes through maternity everyone has to live on 40k. This is completely possible to do, if people (particularly the woman, in this case) are willing to submit to a lower standard of living for the sake of the child. It seems silly to me for a family to lose even part of it's income, while taking on another mouth to feed, and expect to live the same lifestyle they did before.
Sorry I said I don't have a problem with it, but I just thought about something.
Bills don't simply disappear once you have a baby. If a couple has incurred bills that must be paid, regardless of the new arrival, then what? Here's a typical scenerio. Let's say, you and your honey decided to purchase a $600,000 home, based on the total household income that you two were earning prior to the baby. The mortgage, car note, and other sustaining expenses must still be paid, and we cannot expect a couple to just do away with the luxury home, Mercedes, expensive clothes, etc. just because they had a baby. Some adjustments will need to be made, but realistic adjustements. Don't you think?