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Should we have another child?

 

Question of the Week  

 

My wife wants another child. It is ridiculous. We are financially strained as it is, and I think it is irresponsible to add another mouth to feed when you can't afford it. Are there no limits to the commandment to "be fruitful and multiply"?

 

Answer:

 

You are suggesting that finances should determine how many children we have. If you can't afford it, don't have babies. The stork should be strictly cash on delivery. Debt and diapers don't mix. It's all about the bottom line.

 

That sounds reasonable. But let's see if it makes sense.

 

Let's say my financial adviser assesses that I can afford to have four children, and no more. So I go ahead and have… Read More »

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