Today’s Ryan Rush Show: Should Economics Play a Factor in Having Kids?

The US Department of Agriculture estimates that the cost of raising a child tops $250,000 by the time they’re eighteen. We’re also discovering that there is a direct correlation between the downturn in the economy and the birth rates in the US. In other words, we are having fewer babies because we are having fewer dollars. Is this a dangerous trend? Interesting conversation. I’d be curious to hear your take.

One of the couples who weighed in was Ethan and Casey Jones – the parents featured on TLC’s “Quints by Surprise” reality show. They had their quintuplets just as the recession was hitting full swing, and they’ve made the sacrifices necessary to make it. If they can pay for all those diapers, what’s everybody else’s excuse?

A new season premiers tonight on TLC at 9PM Central. They’ve been very open about their faith in Christ – and their producer is my good friend Jonathan Nowzaradan. Check them out!

2 Responses to “Today’s Ryan Rush Show: Should Economics Play a Factor in Having Kids?”

  1. Lynette May 18, 2011 at 11:55 pm #

    Hello,

    OK, so I don’t have an opinion on this, but I’m seeking your help. I was listening the afternoon when you discussed longer school days in Austin and you played an audio clip in which the speaker sounded British and expressed the opinion that the American educational system is antiquated. I’ve love to hear that audio again or read its transcript. Could you please tell me who the speaker was and I how I can find that audio or the transcript. Is it google-able?

    Thanks in advance,

    Lynette

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