[QUOTE=southparkcpa;4258634]When I had children...we took a financial hit. Wife worked MUCH less and I worked much more. Never dawned on me to have other taxpayers subsidize me. In fact, the tax system subsidizes children enough already with exemptions, credits etc.....
But it is never enough For some.[/QUOTE]
My children are now in their 30s. When the first was born, my wife quit her job and stayed home for 11 years until all were school age. That cost $35,000 yearly to start because of lost income. Add 5-10% per year increases to that. Sacrifices were made. No dinners out, no fancy vacations, frills eliminated - and I was doing ok but had to put college money aside etc. Made me a much better person and earner - pressure.
When my wife re-entered the work force she could never achieve the status she could have had. Quite frankly, daycare was never considered. At 4 my kids went to nursery school for a little socialization. It seems to have worked.