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