John Oliver did a good segment on public schools, however it doesn’t address a fundamental underlying issue and that is that public schools should be ended. Make parents be responsible for their own kids education and increase competition, it would guarantee you’d see a change in US education.
This is a central issue to Libertarianism, when something belongs to someone then that property has to be taken care off and if harmed then there is a victim. But if no one one owns something then there isn’t really a reason to take care of it or to have a victim if the property is harmed. If the oceans were owned by someone then they would be taken better are off. This also applies to parenting where I give my kids certain special toys that are theirs and they can make an automatic claim on if another kid is playing with them. This will teach them about the importance of taking care of their own stuff and respecting each others private property.
The MISES Institutes does a phenomenal article on private property and how important it is. Private Property Is the Essence of Liberty – Ron Paul
I have 2 sons and 2 daughters and I can tell you there are some very huge differences between them. There are also a lot of similarities between them. In this podcast I discuss my observations.
Links: What To Expect Magazine: 8 differences between boys and girls
Last month was womens history month and here I talk about this and how it relates to my daughter. ALso why should you vaccinate your kids?
After allowing my kids to watch more tv due to me and my wife being sick we decided to move the tv into the guest room and keep it locked. It is amazing what no tv will do to kids. They are playing so nicely together.
Does libertarianism affect my parenting? Should it? I discuss that here.
On this episode I discuss the balance of work, wife and kids. A difficult thing to balance.
By Honoré Daumier – National Gallery of Art, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11497763
On this episode of the Libertarian Dad show I discuss this common thought among parents and how the reality of raising kids is quite different.
In this episode I discuss what is fatherhood and a talk about depression. It amazes me how many people experience depression or know someone who suffers from it. It is like this hidden secret that noone talks about and yet it is all around us. As for fatherhood, I discuss what it is to be a father and some of the ideals I hold when it comes to being one.
Clothes are relatively cheap. However the temptation is to buy tons of them, especially when you have a newborn. Buying clothes is a lot of fun. However because your kid grows like a weed, it’s better to just slow things down and buy a limited amount of clothing.
Swap clothes with friends and family
Unless you really want to buy new clothes, you can always get clothes from your friends who have babies and other children (especially if you reciprocate). In fact, there are whole websites dedicated to swapping clothes with each other. Furthermore as I mentioned before, your kid grows like a weed, what this means is that they will outgrow their clothes very quickly. The good news is is that you will likely have friends or family who have children about the same age or maybe older you can swap close with them or they can swap clothes with you.
Baby food. Make it your self.
Baby food is not cheap. It also isn’t very tasty either. Have you ever tasted it? You can take vegetables, fruit and whatever else you’re eating that evening and blend it. Then you can add spices and salt for flavor, I’m fairly certain that your child will enjoy that food a whole lot more then much of what is out there.
Just like clothes you can buy all kinds of other things at the secondhand store. Toys, beds, jackets and so on can be bought at the secondhand store. Children love getting new toys and you most likely enjoy saving money so this is an inexpensive way to surprise your children and stay on a budget.
Skip the accessories
As with many new parents, they tend run out and buy all kinds of stuff for their children, ranging from wet wipes warmer, baby diaper genie, bottle warmers, multiple jackets and other items. I mean, the list goes on and on and on. If you go to Amazon baby items I guarantee you can find over 1000 different things for your newborn. I’m not saying you shouldn’t buy these, however if you’re looking to save money skip most of these items. I have four children I know for a fact that you only need a couple of very basic items to keep your child happy. (That would be a good post for another time)
Try baby wearing versus a stroller.
Strollers are pretty awesome, I believe we’ve had about six total. The biggest one we had was the equivalent of a warthog from the video game Halo. This thing had multiple bottle holders multiple pockets a total of eight wheels and could probably fit 3 to 4 children on it. The thing was pretty amazing, however it did not fit in the back of the car that we had. So, I would recommend trying baby wearing at least for the first couple of months. There are a lot of high quality slings and other baby carrying devices out there. It’ll keep your child warm comfortable and close to you. Because I know that many times, people will try to come up to your baby and try touching them. This is generally avoided when you baby carry.
This is a Warthog in all of its glory. Do you know how many babies and diapers it could hold?
Go to the grocery store.
When you have a new baby a lot of times the temptation to go hog wild with them. You want to take them to all kinds of educational places, the zoo, the museum and aquariam and so on, the reality is is that if you have the opportunity this is definitely a wonderful way to go. However if you are looking to save money, you can go with a big to the what, the grocery store and other public places and have your kid be entertained for hours and hours
Get a small car.
With four children, we realize that we needed to buy a minivan or some other kind of large vehicle to haul them in. So we ended up buying a minivan. We looked, minivans are really expensive even 5 to 10-year-old ones. If you have one or two children it would probably behoove you by a regular sedan or may be a little larger vehicle. The payments on one of those cars is nowhere near what you’re going to have on a minivan and the gas mileage is much better meaning that you’ll save money on that too. As much as a large vehicle is great over time a smaller vehicle will grow on you and you won’t even notice the difference.
This is my advice on how to save. I don’t do all of them, but looking back I wish that I had done some more them to save money. They may not make you a milionaire but then again every little bit helps.
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