New study: career instead of children

New study: career instead of children

New study career instead of children

Child or coal? This does not have to be mutually exclusive – if certain requirements are met.

Düsseldorf / Berlin It smells like a wet dog on this cold and nasty May morning in Dortmund. The crowds at the dog show are big. Whimsical images appear that remain in the head. For example, the little pug that is pushed through the hall in the converted stroller. The neatly dressed fifties watches the scene and shakes her head: "The animals are becoming more and more a substitute for children," she scolds.

Pets are fashionable, children don’t. The Foundation for Future Issues surveyed 2,000 citizens in a representative survey that Handelsblatt Online has exclusively. The good news: The family’s standing remains high – for 88 percent of Germans, the family is the most important thing in life. The bad thing is: This is a pretty theoretical statement, because almost two out of three Germans say that their career is more important to them than having children.

The state pays € 184 for the first two children, € 190 for every third child and € 215 for each additional child. Together with the tax-free child allowance, this costs the state € 38.8 billion annually (data for 2010). Most recently, child benefit was increased by 20 euros in 2010.

Mothers and fathers can receive parental allowance up to 14 months after the birth of a child. It is based on previous income and amounts to at least 300 euros and a maximum of 1800 euros per month. If only one of the partners uses parental leave, the benefit is paid for a maximum of twelve months. In the household, it costs 4.6 billion euros. According to the analyzes, parental leave is a strong incentive for fathers to participate in childcare.

Spouse splitting, from which couples with different income situations benefit in particular, costs the tax authorities annual revenues of around 20 billion euros. The benefit is controversial because married couples without children also benefit.

Childcare costs the public sector 16.2 billion euros. Over 15 billion of them are in day care centers such as crèche, kindergarten and after-school care. Families that look after their toddlers at home between the ages of 1 and 3 have been receiving a care allowance since August. For 2014, the German government calculated that this service would cost 1.2 billion euros.

If parents threaten to slip into the Hartz IV cover because of their children’s needs, they are entitled to a child supplement. The benefit can be claimed by parents with a minimum income of 900 euros (single parents 600 euros). The amount is based on the income and assets of the parents and children; it is a maximum of 140 euros per month. The Ministry of Family reports almost 400 million euros for the 2010 performance.

Family members who are not gainfully employed are also insured free of charge in health and nursing care insurance. According to estimates, this causes costs of around 30 billion euros a year for health insurance companies alone. There is a federal grant for such non-insurance benefits, but this is significantly lower at around eleven billion euros. All insured persons cover the remaining costs with their premium payments.

In the Federal Government’s list, the family-specific benefits of unemployment insurance add up to a good 1.8 billion euros, including the child components for unemployment and short-time benefits. Source: dpa

It is therefore not surprising that the birth rate in Germany is still very low at 1.36 children per woman. 2.1 would be necessary to keep the population stable – the EU average is 1.57. There are few countries where fertility is even lower. Politicians and entrepreneurs have been trying to change this for years – at least with striking statements. The bottom line is that the effect is zero, as the survey with its comparison with values ​​from 2011 shows: The desire for children remains consistently low. Professional reasons are conspicuously mentioned more often than before.

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54 percent of couples without children say that their career is difficult to reconcile with a family. And for 59 percent, careers are more important than the desire to have children. Experts refer to the fears of Germans when it comes to starting a family when assessing such figures: they are afraid of giving up their freedom, fear of neglecting their careers, fear of having to restrict their own living standards, fear of the future of children, fear of divorce Fear of choosing the wrong partner or the wrong time.

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It should be the same and not different!
Finally someone who can think clearly, like me.

A few more thoughts:
Families are isolating units
Our society is broken, why should the propagation be promoted?
Career is an expression of a pronounced ego, which prevents children from thriving

"If you feel lonely you buy a dog or cat. You can get rid of them quickly."

Nonsense! Another one who doesn’t understand what it means to live with dogs (not just to own them).
You don’t bring a dog into your house because you’re lonely (you can’t have your soul with money anyway "to buy"), but because life with dogs is a deep need for some people, a way that is many thousands of years old. A dog is not a child substitute, but a partner, a full family member (in addition to any children)!
Neither will you become him "quickly set off again". The bond between "dog person" and dog is indissoluble and lasts a lifetime beyond the death of the shorter living dog! If you don’t feel this bond, you should never buy a dog, you wouldn’t do it justice and neither would you!
It has nothing to do with children. If you want children, you can also get them, pets or not.

. everything is said!
here: = debate

A child means responsibility, renunciation, limitation. Most Germans see it that way. That is the main point. Women can still be encouraged, kindergarten places made available, childcare facilities created, etc. This has little to do with a lack of childcare facilities. It is the personal attitude to the child. You’d better go on vacation twice a year or buy the chic convertible and go out to eat. Why children? They cost money and make noise. If you feel lonely you buy a dog or cat. You can get rid of them quickly. But the pension should still work and then especially for childless people, because they made careers. You just looked after yourself. Then especially the foreigners get excited. These people say yes to the child, show responsibility. In a few years, our country will only function through immigrants.

Gender-Nazism! + the way into the dark!

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"It smells like a wet dog on this cold and nasty May morning in Dortmund. The crowds at the dog show are big. Whimsical images appear that remain in the head. For example, the little pug that is pushed through the hall in the converted stroller. The neatly dressed fifties watches the scene and shakes her head: "The animals are becoming more and more a substitute for children," she scolds.

If you have no idea, maybe you should shut up. In the crowds of this fair, a small pug, who is not good on foot anyway and is out of breath, is not badly looked after in a converted stroller. That has nothing to do with child replacement.
Incidentally, I don’t have children either, but several dogs ("right one", robust dogs, who, like wolves, can trot many tens of kilometers a day, no pugs). But they are by no means a replacement for something that I did not want anyway, but have their very own quality, which non-dog lovers simply do not understand or touch. can grasp.

Btw., What is so bad about the smell of wet dogs? The perfume or aftershave clouds that some contemporaries exude are decidedly more corrosive, in the truest sense of the word. :-)

If a child likes, nice for him and nobody will say anything against it. If you don’t like / don’t want children, you can also accept them without stupid comments. Everyone chooses their own life, society / the state has nothing to say!
Incidentally, I prefer an independent pension scheme. Unfortunately, as soon as you have saved up a certain amount, the state steps in unabashedly, so that saving is de facto no longer worthwhile, unless, like in Urururopean times, you hoarded gold coins in your stocking, of which nobody knows anything. Bad trap, the whole thing, especially when Sozen starts throwing the money out of the window and the bottom line endangers or pensions in the long run. the contributions rise to ruinous heights.

I am a single father of two children. I can only say that the state is doing great deeds because it pays a lot of child benefits.

On the other hand, unfortunately, child benefit is for the most part only a transfer benefit.

You get child benefit, but pass it on almost 1: 1 to kindergarten at a young age, later for train + bus tickets to public transport, school breaks and now even supplementary school books. And for years, the EEG surcharge has risen so sharply that the households of single parents are almost certainly one of those under the so-called "current poverty" Suffer.

Already the train and bus tickets together with the EEG surcharge make up child benefit for a few months. In principle, child benefit only becomes a transfer cycle as a zero-sum game.

And then there are the ridiculous tax-free allowances that single parents receive because, as singles, they have the most unfavorable tax bracket, but they still finance the children.

Being single-parent is the biggest risk of poverty in Germany. And which parent wants to do this to his children? There is probably no such great partner for young people to take this risk.

Then I can hardly believe the blonde and blue-eyed family ministers that have been presented to us over the past few years. The sweet things should make family politics? Or are they there to promote children??

Germany is very important to me, because it really is a social state. But in the case of children, the state fully transfers the liquidity risk to the parents. With the child benefit, he only buys himself free of the responsibility to contribute to the price increases of recent years.

If this state wants it, it can become a thief and that is what it is demonstrating, because child benefit has not increased and the tax-free allowances for single parents have not either.

You write: Most children have mothers who work. Why do you think they do? Simply because they have to for financial reasons. Child benefit, parental allowance, mother’s pension ?? That should serve as compensation? Life has become so expensive that it is no longer enough. The times – when the fathers brought the money home as single earners and families could still build a decent wealth with their own home, car and savings – are long gone. And do single mothers want to pay off politics with child benefit and a mother’s pension? What fantasy world do we live in? The Germans are dying out, that cannot be reversed. And all because no bigger salaries are paid and with patchwork trying to make childbearing tasty. Today’s world of work is so hostile to children, it couldn’t be worse.

Politically, the pension system could be structured in the same way as in large third-world countries: the income and taxes of the children determine the parents’ pension. Then everyone is faced with the choice of either having children and taking good care of their education (which is at least as important as having children themselves) or otherwise taking care of them in old age. Such a system would of course be completely unsolidiar because everyone would have to take care of it – but in the end it usually works better than redistribution systems.

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