Academics are so cute after they are first granted tenure...
@ellabella Your second point on utilities rings true, but cable is simply not a necessity. It is a luxury. Their cable includes internet, according to the article, negating the smart phone point. I still find that figure per month kind of high for both. I get hi-speed Internet and an extended cable package in one of the highest price areas of the country, and it is still under $200/month. Pricing it out in a couple Mississippi metro areas on Comcast's site, it still runs under $200 unless you have a lot of add-ons.
$200-$300 for cable and internet?
@@fo This example can be expanded to a good amount of medical innovation.
How about no discounts? It costs the same amount to transport a 180 lb. senior citizen on the train, as it does a 180 lb. millennial. The only difference is one will want to tell me about a funny thing their cat did, and the other would like to show me the footage they took of it on their smartphone.
Two schools of thought on this from a serial procreator - 1) If you are buying books/tools/objects in hopes of being a better parent, congrats - you are probably already a better parent then most who spawn. 2) You can't buy your way to good parenting. Your kid can be in the best safety seat in the most well-researched SUV, and sleeps at night on a safe foam bed after brushing their teeth with a Sonicare Jr. toothbrush. However, if you are the ineffective twit who lets their kid run around at Starbucks while you lose yourself in your cell phone....no amount of capital investment can make you a good parent.
@PumpedUpDogs I was offering a counter-point. Despite what some would like to tell you, having kids young is not a death sentence to happiness.
@olivia Not judgey. Its just that I read this narrative over and over, and frankly, there isn't something new being offered here. There is a value judgment here on her part that marathon entries and writing classes are better on the "having it all" spectrum than school meetings or kid's soccer games. First, these things aren't mutually exclusive, and second, it depends on one's definition of "having it all". Considering how much she name checks certain brands, she seems just as obsessed as the wealthy stay-at-home moms she derides.
I had a kid young, just post-college. It made me more focused, and in some ways, is the best blessing professionally I could ever have. Our family broke that income barrier at 27. If you don't want to have a kid, this is fine. More room on the playground. But to characterize them as an impediment to "having it all" is a disservice to all of those that had kids, and put in the hours to advance their education and career. Frankly, it smacks of the self-satisfied smugness of the child-free movement.