The Price of Raising Kids

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    The Price of Raising Kids

    This is just too good not to pass on to all. Here is
    something absolutely positive for a change. I have
    repeatedly seen the breakdown of the cost of raising a
    child, but this is the first time I have seen the rewards
    listed this way. It's nice.

    The government recently calculated the cost of raising a
    child from birth to 18 and came up with $160,140.00 for a
    middle income family. Talk about price shock! That
    doesn't even touch college tuition.

    But $160,140.00 isn't so bad if you break it down. It
    translates into:

    * $8,896.66 a year,
    * $741.38 a month,
    * $171.08 a week.
    * A mere $24.24 a day!
    * Just over a dollar an hour.

    Still, you might think the best financial advice is;
    don't have children if you want to be 'rich.'
    Actually, it is just the opposite.

    What do you get for your $160,140.00?

    * Naming rights . First, middle, and last!
    * Glimpses of God every day.
    * Giggles under the covers every night.
    * More love than your heart can hold.
    * Butterfly kisses and Velcro hugs..
    * Endless wonder over rocks, ants, clouds, and warm cookies.
    * A hand to hold usually covered with jelly or chocolate.
    * A partner for blowing bubbles and flying kites.
    * Someone to laugh yourself silly with, no matter what the boss said or how
    your stocks performed that day.

    For $160,140.00, you never have to grow up. You get to:

    * finger-paint,
    * carve pumpkins,
    * play hide-and-seek,
    * catch lightning bugs,
    * never stop believing in Santa Claus.

    You have an excuse to:

    * keep reading the Adventures of Piglet and Pooh,
    * watch Saturday morning cartoons,
    * go to Disney movies, and
    * wish on stars.

    You get to frame rainbows, hearts, and flowers under
    refrigerator magnets and collect spray painted noodle
    wreaths for Christmas, hand prints set in clay for
    Mother's Day, and cards with backward letters for
    Father's Day .

    For a mere $24.24 a day, there is no greater bang for your
    buck. You get to be a hero just for:

    * retrieving a Frisbee off the garage roof,
    * taking the training wheels off a bike,
    * removing a splinter,
    * filling a wading pool ,
    * coaxing a wad of gum out of bangs, and
    * coaching a baseball team that never wins but always gets treated to ice
    cream regardless.

    You get a front row seat in history to witness the:

    * First step,
    * First word,
    * First bra,
    * First date,
    * First time behind the wheel.

    You get to be immortal. You get another branch added to
    your family tree, and if you're lucky, a long list of limbs in
    your obituary called grandchildren and great grandchildren.
    You get an education in psychology, nursing, criminal justice,
    communications, and human sexuality that no college can match.

    In the eyes of a child, you rank right up there under God.
    You have all the power to heal a boo-boo, scare away the
    monsters under the bed, patch a broken heart, police a
    slumber party, ground them forever, and love them without
    limits, so one day they will, like you, love without
    counting the cost. That is quite a deal for the price!

    Love & enjoy your children & grandchildren &
    great-grandchildren!

    It's the best investment
    you'll ever make!


    Take it as fact from gimpy--a great-granddad.
    "Society never advances. It recedes as fast on one side as it gains on the other. It undergoes continual change; but this change is not [an improvement]. For everything that is given, something is taken."
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    Thanks, I enjoyed it. I've got 4, so that comes to.... Worth every penny though! I also get an excuse for watching SpongeBob Squarepants!

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    Loved it! Made me smile!
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    "You may think I'm pompous, but actually I'm pedantic... let me explain the difference."

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    * A hand to hold usually covered with jelly or chocolate.
    Too true!
    Two roads diverged in a wood, and Ió
    I took the one less traveled by,
    And that has made all the difference.

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    Great post. thanks.

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    First bra... so is this the price of girls?

    I seem to recall that it used to be around $80,000 to $100,000... maybe thats the guy price? :-)

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    $8,896.66 a year,
    * $741.38 a month,
    * $171.08 a week.
    Yeah right. I barely make $11,000 per year.
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    That was pretty good, thanks for the post.
    "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."
    Thomas Jefferson

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