Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Children as "Status Symbols"

(Hat tip: Creative Minority Report)

You may have already heard or read about this piece in The Washington Post.

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At 4/08/2008 10:26 AM, Blogger Catholic Mom said...

It is a very sad commentary on the state of our culture, but it is very true. I live in the Washington DC area and I wrote about a similar conversation I overheard at the beauty salon. Children are now seen as acquisitions that complete the parents. Parenting has gone from being a self-giving vocation to a self-centered avocation. Of course, this is the natural evolution when a child is seen as a choice controlled by the mother rather than a gift controlled by the will of God.

At 4/08/2008 12:20 PM, Blogger Literacy-chic said...

This is really just another excuse to look down on those who have more than 2 children. If you have more than 2 and you are of moderate-to-low income, you are irresponsible. If you are of moderate-to-high income, you are ostentatious. What it amounts to is intolerance, however justified. :P

At 4/08/2008 12:24 PM, Blogger matthew archbold said...

Odd that the thing lacking from that column was any point that religion played in having more children. It's a shame that the moral issues didn't even play a role in the writer's thought -or if it did that she didn't feel comfortable enough to write it.

BTW -I just noticed your joke on the side about Time's Man of the Yes. That's funny.

At 4/08/2008 2:36 PM, Blogger PB said...

I was going to make a joke but Catholic Mom and Literacy-Chic both just seemed to hit the nail on the head. It's sad really that people don't "get it".

Not too long ago I asked a new co-worker who I knew was married if he had any kids, him knowing full well I have children. His response was something like "oh no" shaking his head in a now why would I want to do that sort of way. It still irks me thinking about it.

At 4/09/2008 7:55 AM, Blogger mrsdarwin said...

Oh sure, our kids are a status symbol. Too bad the status is often "we were a bit rushed getting out of the house".

Does this author lady know any real people? I assure you that among our set, a $13,000 diaper bag is the last thing on anyone's mind.

At 4/09/2008 12:06 PM, Blogger Literacy-chic said...

You know, I was also thinking about how my mother raised 6 of us with an income of $40,000 or less (usually less) in the 80s and 90s. You're as ostentatious as you want to be. After two children, one or two more aren't really that much more expensive. And that's speaking to people who value children according to net cost vs. net value, which I don't. They're just not quantifiable. (Well, unless you count them--reminds me of Cheaper by the Dozen) It used to disturb me when I was pregnant with my first, due in January, when perfect strangers would comment, "Hoping for that tax break, eh?" Ummm... Yes. We got pregnant in April for just that reason.


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