The other thing I find a bit disheartening is the attitude that both parents in a young family should be working. In my opinion, a single person working a 40 hour a week job should be able to support a family with 2 young kids, with warm housing, healthy food, clean clothes, and a few small luxuries outside that.
Our parents managed that OK in the 60's and 70's, something went wrong, somewhere.
Serviced a mortgage on an average house, not too far in the suburbs - Birkdale ( adjacent to Beachhaven), single car family, walked to school every day, had the occasional outing, though I don't recall going to the movies - plenty of trips to the beach though.
Never wanted for much. B&W TV.
Ahh, rose-tinted glasses, reality check in progress .....
Yeah, one/two/three generations ago it was pretty common to have a single full time working parent, and maybe some part time work for the second (if that).
The cost of modern life, especially when we have to import everything and pay comparably twice as much as USians, adds up quick though.
$1000 for the compulsory laptop for each of the two kids every three years
$300 at least for a TV. Another $300 for the TV for your room because the kids want to watch something else
$200 at least for a mobile phone, each, and you've gotta give them to your teenage kids too these days of course
$50/month for broadband, because without it your kids will probably fall behind in school, or social standing (sigh), and you can't use trademe to get cheap stuff (so I guess it pays for itself)
$40/month for the mobile phone plan for you and your partner, and $19/month for your kids $19 prepay packs so they can facetwitsnapgram with their friends
That's $3.5k/year... not insignificant!