Tuesday, April 04, 2006

~The Price of Children~

This was sent to me through an email....

~The Price Of Children~

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, 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 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!!!!!!!

Love & enjoy your children & grandchildren!!!!!!!


At 11:16 AM, Blogger mar said...

This is wonderful! how true! yes, first time behind the wheel is just around the corner. I am so nervous!!!! but wouldn't like to miss any of these ! children are priceless.

At 12:03 PM, Blogger Katherine said...

What an awesome post! I love that attitude!

At 1:39 PM, Blogger Shash said...

Children are a gift from God - what an incredible heritage.

At 2:53 PM, Blogger acumamakiki said...

i love this!!

At 3:26 PM, Blogger Lala's world said...

I love that.....I really can't imagine life without them!

At 4:19 PM, Blogger Renee said...

Cute! They are just SO worth it, right?

At 6:35 PM, Blogger Marv said...

it is not cheap to raise kids definitely!!! but it's worth it!!!!! and I haven't even have one yet!! ha.ha...!!!!!

At 7:35 PM, Blogger momyblogR said...

Great post. Definitely my reason for being!

At 8:18 PM, Blogger Cinthia said...

As long as I don't have to change the diapers, I'm ok with it! :) (Can you tell I'm still kidless?)

At 9:21 AM, Blogger JeepGirl said...

Amen !!

At 2:33 PM, Blogger holli said...

Agreed.. I think my life was just about worthless before Faith. Who can put a price on so much love? A gift straight from God above is right!!

Thanks for the reminder.


At 11:43 PM, Blogger AFGUY said...

Children are a wonderful asset to the world. I actually thought 160k was low for raising a kid, but i guess not.

At 11:43 PM, Blogger ***Double_Oh_No*** said...

Micromanaging economists have really done it this time! I had received a similar e-mail like this about the breakdown of expenses when I was pregnant, but this one is much more in depth. I will probably have to borrow this for future reference!


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