Raising Children

By Richard157 Latest Reply 2010-01-28 21:28:43 -0600
Started 2010-01-27 08:42:50 -0600

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 or * $741.38 a month
* $171.08 a week. Or * 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. So What do You Get for Your $160,140?

* Naming rights. First, middle, and last!
* Glimpses of God every day.
* More love than your heart can hold.
* Butterfly kisses and Velcro hugs.
* A hand to hold which is usually covered with jelly or chocolate.
* Someone to laugh yourself silly with, no matter what the boss said or how your stocks performed that 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,

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.

But most important, you gain immortality. 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 and enjoy your children and grandchildren.

9 replies

cc9 2010-01-28 11:33:20 -0600 Report

beautifully put. however the statistics for child abuse and neglect is still too high. and in some countries infant mortality is great. i dont even have to look further afield than australia. i love my kids and treasure each moment.

donna13 2010-01-28 12:52:44 -0600 Report

The U.S. has one of the highest infant mortality rate of any of the developed countries. I put the blame on the lack of health insurance available to the disenfranchised. With no insurance the health care is so poor it is a crime. And I don't say that lightly, I do believe it is a crime.

cc9 2010-01-28 21:28:43 -0600 Report

i agree donna with you fully. it's unacceptable in any country but it is more heinous when it is in a developed country like america.

Harlen 2010-01-27 14:16:05 -0600 Report

Yes its cool the first time then they grow up and send you there offspring
not so much fun lol
best wishes

MAYS 2010-01-27 12:09:40 -0600 Report

Children are and will always be the world's greatest asset.
The beauty of it all is that they are the future, their minds, ambition, desire and drive can solve some of the problems that this world has.

donna13 2010-01-27 11:58:45 -0600 Report

Oh, thank you for your thoughts. I am very focused on my kids and grandkids - they are my life. And, yes, I have other things in my life, but nothing takes precedence over them.

ptsparkle 2010-01-27 10:54:42 -0600 Report

Thanks for that breakdown, and reminder. That's why our children are "priceless" An excellent post and well done. Thanks for the uplift.