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Professional tip #1

posted under category: General on November 1, 2004 at 1:00 am by MrNate

Here's a professional tip:
Have a family.

Having a family reduces stress on your life (assuming your family life isn't stressful). Lower stress equals general happiness and contentment with life, which is important for feeling successful professionally.

Having a family, especially with kids, increases your income. At the very least, you get the dependant tax-break, but moreso, people with families generally make more money. Why? It's probably a balance of parents who know they have to work harder to create stability, and businesses who feel some warmth to people who rely on them to take care of others. I'm sure there's more there, if you were to dig deeper.

I'm no pro, really. I just saw it on 60 minutes a few months back and wanted to comment.

Anyway, my family (including week-old Jude) couldn't be happier.

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On Nov 1, 2004 at 1:00 AM Ted (ted at the ever-endearing said:
I really don't think having a child boosts your income. The piddly child tax credit is nothing compared to the estimated 250,000 it's going to cost you to rasise each child through age 18 (based on US dept of Agriculture estimates).

On Nov 2, 2004 at 1:00 AM Nathan Strutz ( said:
Another thing I forgot to mention is maybe those with kids make more money because most people have kids.

That's an interesting thought as well.
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