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Research states parents spend four days a year getting their kids into the car

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Close your eyes and imagine. It’s a rainy Monday morning, and you’ll be dropping off your two kids before you go to work. You give them their coat and shoes, telling them to put it on while you go back in to bring their lunch bags and your stuff. You come back, only to find that they are quarrelling with nothing done. You tie their shoelaces, help them wear their coats, and take them to the car, only to face a bigger challenge, car seats. The kids start pouting about how uncomfortable those seat belts are, often refusing to get in sometimes. Once you have finished seating the children in the back, you check your watch. Late for work, again.

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Although there are some well-behaving children who like car seats and helping their parents, I am more than sure that quite a lot of parents had trouble getting their children in the car. Recent research conducted by SEAT proves that it costs UK families an average of 96 hours a year getting their children ready, out of the house, and into the car. That’s around 15 minutes a day only to get their kids into the car.

Beige interior, beige car seats... Perfect for a growing family eh?

Beige interior, beige car seats... Perfect for a growing family eh?

Of course, the time varies greatly depending on the age of the children, but kids aged between 2 to 3 were the most difficult to get into the car. While infants can hardly ‘rebel’ against their parents’ actions, and older kids listen to their parents, children in that age range still need help from parents while often defying to do what they don’t want to do, which is usually getting into car seats in this particular case.

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As a result, almost a third of parents are late for work at least once a week, being around 11 minutes late. Thankfully, parents have also devised methods to prevent this from happening too often. ‘Bribery’ is frequently used, as more than a quarter of parents admit that they offer sweets for children. Also, quite a lot of parents play their children’s favourite music in the car, just for the sake of keeping them satisfied. It’s definitely a hard life, and I wish all the parents around the world good luck in their next morning journey. Godspeed.

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At the end of the day…

So, is this another reason not to have children? Well to be honest, I love children. But to be fair, they’re not the best financial decision depending on where your perspective. In the US, it costs around $233,000 for a middle-class family to raise a child excluding post-high school education. Sadly that number is highly conservative, and in most cases, it takes more than half a million to raise a ‘fully-functioning’ child thanks to the ever-rising costs of private education, food, hydro, and so on. Furthermore, once your child decides, he or she wants to go to university, things get worse.

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Therefore, if you have two kids, and you’re a middle-class family, you’ll probably spend about a million dollars just for your children. That’s quite a lot isn’t it? However, money is not the only thing you spend. The struggle of getting your children into a car is just a small part of the picture, as in a lot of cases, parents give up their hobbies, free time, and sometimes even careers just for their children.

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Regardless, people always say, “There’s nothing you can’t do for your family”. Family is probably one of the most precious gifts that one will ever get in their lifetime. Yes, million dollars can get you a nice hypercar, but for me, I will take family over it. Yes, it’s sad to lose some, and often quite a lot of the things we could enjoy as a single or a couple, but I believe having a family opens up more doors of happiness you can enjoy. After all, what’s the point of being a petrolhead if you can’t share the passion with others? Friends? Co-workers? They might be great partners, but personally, I don’t see a better picture than a father and a son working together in a garage.

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Comments (11)

  • Thank god for the CyberTruck, eh? You can get your child to ride a quad-bike onto the back and it's that simple! Quick and entertaining😂

    Great article, Josh! :D

      9 months ago
    • Haven't seen you here for a while, Joe! I'm pretty sure the quad bike will be a good way to 'lure' your children into the car, but I wonder whether the cops will like it XD

      P.S. Hope you had a wonderful holiday!

        9 months ago
    • Thanks Josh! I took a bit of a break from DT to focus on some school exams, but 2020 is going to be filled with more work and collaborations from me! I had a great holiday thanks, I hope you did too. Happy new year! :D

        9 months ago
  • Wow now I feel guilty for my doings of the past. I was such an idiot that I wouldn't get in the car unless someone carried me – only for school of course.

      9 months ago
  • So what? You go to toilet 4 days a year too.

      9 months ago
    • Well... You can't avoid that... XD

        9 months ago
  • My guide to parenting is quite simple. Spend the first 3 years teaching them to walk and talk. Then the next 15 years telling them to shut up and sit down.

      9 months ago
  • Damn kids!

      9 months ago

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