The Price of Children  

mistymommie 39F
353 posts
12/18/2005 12:56 pm

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The Price of Children

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 very sweet!!

The government recently calculated the cost of raising a child from birth to 18 and came up with $160, 140 for a middle class family. Talk about sticker shock!! That doesn't even touch on college tuition. But $160, 140 isn't so bad if you break it down. It translates into:

$8,896.66 a year,
$741.38 a month, or
$171.08 a week.
That's just 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?

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

For $160,140, you never have to grow up. You get to:

*Fingerpaint
*Carve pumpkins
*Play hide -n- seek
*Catch lightning bugs, and
*Never stop believing in Santa Claus.

You have an excuse to:

*Keep reading the Adventures of Piglet and Pooh,
*Watching Saturday morning cartoons,
*Going to Disney movies, and
*Wishing 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 $160,140, 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 splinters,
*Filling a wadding pool,
*Coxing 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 to history to witness the:

*First steps,
*First words,
*First bra,
*First date and
*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 and education in psychology, nursing, criminal justice, communcations, 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 costs. That is quite a deal for the price!!!!! Love and enjoy your children and grand children!!!!!

What a bargain!!!


itsallfun1957 59M

12/18/2005 1:09 pm

A wonderful post. Thank you.>>>itsallfun1957


Shadowlover454 72M

12/18/2005 1:17 pm

sooooo true lol I have 6 kids 3 of each all grown and some 13 g'children to date - I knows whereoff you speak lol I have never regretted the money the time or the energy put out it has been a blast and the blast continues heh heh.


mistymommie 39F

12/18/2005 1:18 pm

itsallfun-Thanks for stopping by.


tillerbabe 55F

12/18/2005 1:45 pm

Misty..you are the sweetest, most compassionate "mommie". {=}
I loved this!


keithcancook 60M
17718 posts
12/18/2005 2:30 pm

My life has been much enriched as a result of raising my children.


norprin5 55M

12/18/2005 6:01 pm

this is most excellent! sadly, too late for me to figure out where to save...

but splendid nonetheless

King Nor XVIII


mistymommie 39F

12/18/2005 6:44 pm

Tiller-Thanks a bunch! I try! {=}

Misty


mistymommie 39F

12/18/2005 6:44 pm

Nightlady-yes it does. {=}

Misty


mistymommie 39F

12/18/2005 6:45 pm

Norprin-it's never too late. {=}

Misty


rm_gsj0788 52M

12/19/2005 3:57 am

Misty,
This is your most beautiful post to date. My son has Autism so I get the extra special bonus of him being little for just a little bit longer than others and I cherrish each and every day.


HeardLankaMalls 55M
2925 posts
12/19/2005 5:23 am

Great way of looking at things Misty.
Thanks.


mistymommie 39F

12/19/2005 5:49 pm

Cor-Glad you appreciate it.

Misty


OKHandleThis2 71M
1 post
12/22/2005 6:59 pm

I have to say, between this one and the things to do I walmart, you are a very interesting person1


mistymommie 39F

12/23/2005 4:18 pm

OK- lol,thank you....I think.

Misty


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