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none 81 50.00%
1 16 9.88%
2 40 24.69%
3 16 9.88%
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Old 12-12-2014, 07:53 PM   #41
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You mean before the state took them away?
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Old 12-12-2014, 07:53 PM   #42
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Yeah us childless folks seem to be way over-represented here.
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Old 12-12-2014, 07:57 PM   #43
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Have to say ... the MAJORITY having NO kids surprised me.

2 boyz .... teenagers (not cheap).
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Old 12-12-2014, 08:00 PM   #44
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+ X - interesting skew if the poll is representative. This branch of the family tree ends here. My DNA took the news surprisingly well.
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Old 12-12-2014, 08:09 PM   #45
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none for me but . . . Wow! More than half of us don't have children?
Might explain why they have plenty of time to spend on the internet.
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We have two, a daughter and a son. I have never bothered to figure out the cost of raising them and putting them through college. That pales beside the worry I had when they were going through their teenage years.

Now that they are 29 and 25 and financially independent, it's time for me to relax and to enjoy their company. My daughter often organizes family get-togethers, like eating out or dragging us out to the movie theater.
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Old 12-12-2014, 08:32 PM   #47
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I had 2 children, a son and a daughter 10 1/2 years apart. I have 2 granddaughters that are my daughter's children. My son never wanted any children. He is 36 years old. His girlfriend has a son who just turned 17 years old and they have been together since he was 8 years old.
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........This branch of the family tree ends here. My DNA took the news surprisingly well.
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My Dad was an only child, so it was up to my brother and/or myself to have a male offspring to carry on the family name and lineage. So, the party's over....he has a daughter, and I have no offspring. We'll just fade into the forgotten shadows.

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Wow, 50% voted as having no kids. No kids ----> faster to RE.
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Old 12-12-2014, 10:25 PM   #50
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Looks like there is a good market for LTC insurance on the forum.
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Old 12-12-2014, 11:12 PM   #51
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We have a son and a daughter.


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Old 12-12-2014, 11:15 PM   #52
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Looks like there is a good market for LTC insurance on the forum.
People with offsprings may still need LTC; the children may not be available or able to help out if and when the intensive daily care is needed.

What one can hope for is to trust one's offspring enough to give Power of Attorney when the time comes. Sadly, I have seen many estranged families that do not even have that as an option.
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Old 12-13-2014, 06:52 AM   #54
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Have to say ... the MAJORITY having NO kids surprised me.



2 boyz .... teenagers (not cheap).

Yeah, they're eating machines. I sent mine to a military boarding school for HS and they fed him but that was darn expensive, too.

I wanted a second child but it never happened and I decided that I was blessed do have one healthy baby after a happy, healthy pregnancy; many people struggle just to get that.

My Dad essentially retired in 1985 at age 55 after he was pushed out of the steel company where he'd worked for 30 years. I have 4 siblings and they put all 5 of us through state universities. Dad tried a second career as a broker for AG Edwards but was never able to build up a decent client base. Fortunately they were big savers and have very low expenses. They're still doing fine. With the loss of state subsidies and resulting tuition hikes, that would be difficult to repeat in this decade.
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3 teenage boys. 19 year old in college. twin 16 year olds. Some private school, college money, travel x 5, and lots of hot water for showers and electricity for video gaming - big expense and TOTALLY worth it.


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I love children, but decided not to have any of my own. Just didn't want the lifestyle. I always wondered if I would regret it someday. Five years retired....no regrets.
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We're also in the child-free group. No regrets as we transition into ER.


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