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Old 12-22-2005, 04:32 PM
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Default Re: Are kids -EV?

It's been a positive experience for me, as far as I can tell of course. Depends on the person perhaps
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Old 12-22-2005, 04:36 PM
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Depends on how you define value. From a financial and health perspective I'd say they are obviously -EV. From a happiness in life perspective I'd say for some they are very much +EV and for others less so. I'm not so sure about marriage though. True there is additional income but you also need twice as much of everything, not to mention the crap you don't need that she buys anyways. I guess it comes down to how you define "value".
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Old 12-22-2005, 04:36 PM
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You know those days when it's nearly impossible to find any meaning or purpose anywhere? Having a kid helps with that. A lot.
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Old 12-22-2005, 04:41 PM
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I want to have a kid, but I want to make sure I'm out of school before I do. [img]/images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img]
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Old 12-22-2005, 04:41 PM
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very positive from an evolutionary standpoint.
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Old 12-22-2005, 05:08 PM
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Having kids cannot be given an expected value ebcause teh variables are huge and far too numerous. Could go big either way, but it is a high risk proposition and not to be made lightly.
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Old 12-22-2005, 05:11 PM
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Not -EV. Just VERY high variance.
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Old 12-22-2005, 05:15 PM
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Default Re: Are kids -EV?

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I read somewhere that, while marriage is supposed to be good for you, both healthwise and financially, having kids is not.

So, that leaves me to wonder:

Is having kids a -EV activity?

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Heh for me it's been the exact opposite. Marriage wasn't very good for me but my kid is great for me. Get anything you want to get done for you first because after you have kids their needs (should?... well they do anyway) take priority over yours.

I vote +EV
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Old 12-22-2005, 08:57 PM
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I read somewhere that, while marriage is supposed to be good for you, both healthwise and financially, having kids is not.

So, that leaves me to wonder:

Is having kids a -EV activity?

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Heh for me it's been the exact opposite. Marriage wasn't very good for me but my kid is great for me. Get anything you want to get done for you first because after you have kids their needs (should?... well they do anyway) take priority over yours.

I vote +EV

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I agree. My marriage was a disaster, and I am happy to be free of it. My kid, OTOH, is a world class joy, and having and raising him was the best thing I ever did. He was (very) expensive, but I got my money's worth. That said, I have known other kids who have given their parents nothing but grief, but in many (most?) cases less than optimal parenting had something to do with that.
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Old 12-22-2005, 09:53 PM
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+EV.

Exceptionally high variance.
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