She actively encouraged us to leach from the state because as two working adults we are entitled to nothing except the standard government £80 per month which every parent gets regardless of income. The system, in the UK at least, is broken beyond repair and encourages single parenthood and unemployment. My wife got a job within the week and we carried on racking up debts for the next couple of years until our daughter started school. The cost of childcare was almost as much as my wife was earning on minimum wage, and because she usually had to pay an extra hour of childcare each end of her shift
Imagine earning £800 per month working part-time and then shelling out all of it on childcare that you needed to be able to go to the job. Luckily I had enough extra income to support us and in the end, it all worked out, but if I was also on minimum wage we would have never made it. That’s why people my age aren’t interested in kids. Our parents had it easy, job straight out of school, the wife never had to work, mortgages handed out like free pens and brand new houses for £8k. We’re all suffering the consequences of boomers.