The economic package to encourage childbirth must be accompanied by a strong campaign to change attitudes, to abandon the matrix – I will live a little, comfort is important, and the child in the end
I do NOT know anyone who will decide to have a child just because the state gives him money to encourage him to give birth. This is most often heard as soon as the state decides to stimulate the birth rate with financial measures.
So it is these days, when a new package of help for young parents is announced – 300,000 dinars for the first child, benefits for the second and third, relief during the judges for students who decide to become parents.
However, there are many more who welcome the state’s intention to launch a counterattack in the most important battle – to preserve the nation. The decline in the number of newborns and the increase in the number of deaths have long been alarming. That is why every blow to the white plague is better than silent observation of all the black statistics.
The authors of the new package of measures are also aware that money is not crucial for creating a large family. This is also shown by the data that most children are born in poor houses, while the houses of the rich are “decorated” with material values, but not with numerous offspring. Serbs are no exception. Economically developed countries in Europe, as well as America and Australia, have a low birth rate.
In order to achieve simple reproduction, the birth rate needs to be 2.15 children per woman. In Serbia, it is 1.5, and the average woman in Western Europe gives birth to 1.6 children, in Great Britain 1.7. The richest country in Europe, Germany, is experiencing a demographic collapse, with a birth rate of 1.5 children per woman. Denmark is struggling with the same problem, introducing significant stimulus measures, but in vain. The situation is completely different in poor countries – in West Africa, one woman gives birth to seven children.
Therefore, the economic package to encourage childbirth must be accompanied by a strong campaign to change attitudes. To give up the matrix – I will live a little, comfort is important, and the child in the end. And to know: a child is not a burden, but a pleasure.
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