13 Feb '12, 2am

More Singaporeans not mentally ready for babies: Poll

More Singaporeans not mentally ready for babies: Poll

I Love Children president Joni Ong -- ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN By Judith Tan While money tops the list of reasons why Singaporeans are not having more babies, another factor - being not mentally prepared - is proving a growing barrier. About two in five people polled last year said they were emotionally ill-equipped to have children, compared with just three in 20 in 2010. This made it the second-most cited reason by the more than 600 people surveyed by voluntary welfare organisation I Love Children (ILC) at the end of last year. The other reasons cited were time, career being a priority, and the lack of quality or affordable childcare support. Background story INGRAINED ATTITUDE 'When we were in school, we were told that having academic excellence is part of being successful... family was not even in the equation.' I Love Children president Joni Ong, on the mindset chang...

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