Everybody knows that raising a child is a more expensive way to live than, say, being childless—especially in a city. But just how costly is it? How much do you need to earn to do a decent job as a parent while still feeling like you have some financial breathing room? According to one woman, her $400k-a-year household income is simply not enough. More surprisingly, she brought her hardship to an open internet forum, expecting others to commiserate.
Urban Baby is a message board where city-dwelling parents can anonymously discuss anything from the easiest stroller to take on the subway to the latest episode of Real Housewives of New Jersey. As far as parenting communities on the web go, it's one of the better ones. But like with anything on the Internet, anonymity allows people the comfort to say the kinds of things, publicly, that they normally wouldn't. Like one mother who recently bemoaned the high cost of private school, how she and her husband would have to "scrape" by on their $400k household income in order to cover tuition, and how unfair it is that people who make less money get financial aid—a system which she's willing to exploit for her own benefit, BTW. (If you're having trouble deciphering the lingo, please refer to the Mommy Message Board Glossary.)