No Kids, No Pets, No Regrets . . . . but if you do Have Kids, Pay Attention to This

January 3, 2014

Being retired and able to travel, play golf, goof off and basically do what we want to do -I lay it all to a decision my husband and I made shortly after we married. We decided not to have kids. Sure my parents missed the cute little urchin grandbabies they’d maybe visit a couple times a year, everyone else was doing it like rabbits and yeah, it may have been interesting to see what our offspring turned out to be, but none of those are good reasons to have kids. So we didn’t. We love kids and both come from big families; 5 kids in my family, ten in my husband’s and we sorta thought we’d be all in or all out and we simply chose the latter.

Today most people seem to have kids and many of them they are struggling. Parents who thought they’d be retired by now, can’t. Kids who thought they’d be through college by now aren’t or worse yet, they are and only have piles of debt to show for it. Only 8-12% of jobs today require a 4-year degree and yet kids are taught from an early age by society, parents, grandparents (as in my case), or their high school counselors that to get ahead they needed to go to college.

It just ain’t so. Your kids will be much happier if they pursue something they love to do than something they thought they needed to do. Trade & vocational schools and apprenticeships are vastly under-rated and should not be overlooked. What do you say, learn to be a plumber, electrician or some other type of skilled technician where you actually have a needed craft, or graduate with a 4-year degree (that will take you 6 years), a boatload of debt and no prospects for a job and eventually back living with your parents? Gender studies, psychology, international studies in social justice, English literature, mechanical engineering Really? It’s time to get a grip on reality. Take a look at the 20 most useless degrees and see if you don’t agree.

Aloha, Mikie ~just a blogger (fightin’ like a girl)

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