Nimeona msee (name withheld) akicomplain juu ameanza kuhemeshwa kulea one kid. So, I have discovered that most young guys have no clue what it takes to raise a child, especially in terms of finances.
For purposes of this discussion, lets assume that you won’t raise the kid in Paipu and other shady areas, but you are still a peasant. So, you will raise them just one level above Paipu.
One kid will set you back at least 25k per month easy in direct and indirect costs. Food, healthcare+insurance, school, extra living space, clothes, domestic help, utilities, etc. That’s a cool Ksh 6,600,000 before he or she moves out at age 22. Now multiply that by 3 and that’s almost 20M and it assumes no major unplanned event in that family over those 22 years.
Ukiona watu wanakuja Nairobi na wanarudi ocha at retirement and the only thing they have to show are their grown kids, usishangae sana. Ujue as the man, most of that cost will be shouldered by YOU. Next time you have kids, plan for them ndivyo usijipate complaining online like that guy. Now he has to live with that decision for 20+ years.
By the way, this does not account for the psychological and time investment in the children - just financial.
I have an ex siz wake alizalisha akiwa campus bado akarequest tukae na mtoi wake for a semester. Alikua kijana just over 1 year old. By the time hiyo sem ilikua inaisha I was best friends with that boy. I loved him. So naelewa ukisema it is priceless.
The cost of living (not existing) is actually equivalent whether you live in a first world or third world country. The reason for this is because the price of oil, which is the engine that powers our modern civilization, is about the same all over.