It cost HOW MUCH!?  

ByteChaser2 54M
2834 posts
3/8/2006 11:20 am

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3/10/2006 7:45 am

It cost HOW MUCH!?

The government recently calculated the cost of raising a child from birth to 18 and came up with $160,140 for a middle income family. Talk about sticker shock! That doesn't even touch 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 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 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, flying kites
* 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:

* finger-paint,
* carve pumpkins,
* play hide-and-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
* 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 $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 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 to history to witness the:

* first step,
* first word,
* 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 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!!!!!!!

pinkzplaytoyz 51F

3/8/2006 11:38 am

So nice of you to put it all back into perspective!!!
But when we were growing up, the cost was around $38,000........
What the hell happened?!!!

ByteChaser2 54M

3/8/2006 12:50 pm

pinkz - you mean back when gas was under a buck a gallon and you didn't have to mortgage the house to get groceries? Ahhhh yes... those were the days *sigh*

FeistySyn 53F

3/8/2006 6:53 pm

Wonderful post! ... although, maybe next time she asks to go shop for a new toy, I will say... you already cost me $24.24 today!

Apparently the depth of depravity here is bottomless... don't you feel right at home?

ByteChaser2 54M

3/9/2006 7:27 am

Thanks Feisty I'll have to give that a shot this afternoon lol

ByteChaser2 54M

3/9/2006 7:28 am

Back atcha sexy

southrnpeach333 51F

3/9/2006 7:48 am

We are getting a bargain for our money!

MWWwantsmore 52F

3/9/2006 8:01 am

That is so sweet and true, although now that mine are teenagers I have a totally different perspective.

ByteChaser2 54M

3/9/2006 6:14 pm

Yeah peach. Worth every penny and more

ByteChaser2 54M

3/9/2006 6:15 pm

Wait till prom night MWW... I guarantee it'll get a lot more expensive than $25

MWWwantsmore 52F

3/10/2006 6:44 am

Byte; Already did 2 proms, shes in college now

ByteChaser2 54M

3/10/2006 7:45 am

MWW - gotcha! 3 proms, 3 in college and still filling out the loan application for 2 more proms and at least 3 weddings...

Hey sista... couldja spare a quartah for a down on his luck vet?

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