I have a few things to say about the sacred institution of motherhood/parenthood. I will try to tie my statements to issues of the day and know that for some of you these opinions will not be taken well. So I will start out with the premise that motherhood (parenthood) is a choice. The awesome task and work envolved is only offset by the wonderful rewards that are possible when the job is done well. So here are some of my observations. First of all not all parents step up to the challenge. Many are unprepared and unable to provide the nurturing and discipline that is absolutely necessary for raising children. For some women the need to have a child goes beyond the rational. Fertility clinics and surrogate programs have flooded our society with a dose of ethical issues that really cannot be resolved. Prenatal and neonatal care cost our healthcare system millions. The costs for the care of a challenged infant whether it be a preemie, a child born with physical problems, mental handicaps, drug addiction, aids, etc is staggering. Our society struggles with exactly what liability a woman has for her unborn child if she chooses to smoke, drink, whatever. Ob/gyns and hospitals have been stretched to the limit by the cost of their insurance. Pregnancy can be very risky and not all pregnancies result in healthy children. Once the child is here, if the parents are unable to meet the needs of the child , we as a society provide endless programs to assist . We have welfare, foster care, and institutionalization for the most problematical cases. For what we consider the mainstream we provide subsidised day care, preschool, and a number of other programs to help children and parents be successful. We provide child protective services to insure(?????) children are not abused or neglected. And unfortunately, when the family breaks up we have the family courts dealing with custody and child suppport issues. The issues of single parents, proportionately, mostly mothers, are constantly presented for special consideration. We provides schools and educational programs, and job programs and still thousands of young people drop out of school, run away from home, and end up on the streets. Then society has to protect itself and has a juvenile justice system to deal with these problems. About this time parents start disavowing responsibilty for their kids and leave it to the rest of us to deal with the mess. People who have kids get reduced healthcare premiums, public education, tax breaks and deductions, a virtual plethora of programs to aid and assist them. Some people consider this a job.......as I stated at the beginniing......it is a choice. I am tired of all the complaining and self pity some of you feel for yourselves. For most of us who have real jobs, if we complained as much, demanded as much special compensation and consideration, and produced such poor quality work we would be fired.