Deciding to Have a Baby
If you go to any of the online calculators to determine whether or not you can afford another child, you will find that children are expensive. According to the USDA, the average cost of raising a child is over $200,000. But, let’s look at how they came up with this figure.
By Nancy Da SilvaIn all the excitement of announcing a pregnancy, the dad sometimes gets pushed aside. It’s as if the mother created the baby inside of her all by her lonesome. Science is advanced, no debate there. But it’s not that advanced just yet. » Read more » Read more » Read more » Read more
By Elizabeth Pantley, Author of Gentle Baby Care and The No-Cry Sleep SolutionDeciding whether to expand your family by one more - whether this would be your second child or your sixth - is one of the most significant decisions you will make in your lifetime. There is no crystal ball to show the consequences of your decision in the future. » Read more » Read more
By Maria T. PepinIt’s an exciting time in your life! You and your significant other have decided to expand your family and take the plunge into parenthood. In order to give yourself the best chance for a healthy pregnancy and baby, there are a few things you should do before you try to get pregnant. » Read more
By Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.It’s been hard lately not to follow the story of Nadya Suleman, the single mother who recently gave birth to octuplets (to add to her the six children). Her story became a major media story and initiated a national discussion about certain parenting issues, especially as they relate to family size. » Read more
By Susan Newman, Ph.D., Author of Parenting an Only ChildWhen asked their favorite number, many people hardly hesitate before choosing seven. But when asked the number of children they favor, couples contemplating starting or growing a family have a much harder time deciding -- and agreeing upon – the perfect number. » Read more