...in today's world of wanting everything now now now. Children are increasingly put in childcare because parents can't afford to raise them without both parents having to work...broken homes with divorces becoming easier to obtain....pressures through the education system - children being pushed and pushed....a neglect of children's emotional needs and a focus on the need to always be the best at everything... I happen to agree with some of these views....I think that you shouldn't have children if you can't afford to raise them without at least one parent being the main carer (not a nursery teacher or a grandparent)...its different if you have had children, then your circumstances change financially, but to actually put your children in that position deliberately I don't agree with....and I do realise that will make me unpopular. I would love to have more children (I have two already), and I could...if I went back to work....but to me that is missing the whole point of having kids in the first place. I also think that, as old-fashioned as it is, that pushing children through a one-size-fits-all National Curriculum is really bad news. We are trying to get our children to conform to some sort of government standard, because its 'easier' for those who educate our children....not because its best for the children. As for neglecting our children's emotional needs - you only have to go to any average high school and talk to kids about what they think is important in life....the focus on looking right, having the right stuff (phones, laptops, video games) and the pressure to do well in exams...Why not, being the best they can, improving themselves in whatever they think they are good at, family, friends, aims, achievements..... I think that as individuals we all think we are doing the best for our kids...but as a nation....I'm not entirely sure..... What do you think?