I Can't Have Another Child Because of the Cost of Child Care

March 08, 2018


 I have a few more months until I can say I have officially finished school. I will have a newly minted master’s degree in social work with a lot of opportunity ahead of me (at least that’s what I keep telling myself). Unfortunately, I feel I am being a bit too optimistic because, let’s be honest, these are changing times (that’s what I’ve been told by older people).

A few months from now, things will be looking a little grim — with those dreadful school loans and the fear of searching for a job in the forever changing mental health field. What is there to look forward to? One thing I’m often reminded of is that I said ‘you can have another baby when you’re done’. This is a constant reminder from my 9-year-old son. I regrettably told him he could have a little brother or sister when I was finished with school.

However, the alarming child care costs and the challenge of finding a child care program that fits all our needs as a family is not appealing to me right now. So, is it selfish to say that I changed my mind, I don’t want another child? Let’s break this down.


Topics: Policy & Advocacy, Family Stories

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