The Price of Children.....

United States
November 1, 2006 10:38am CST
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 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 * 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 or 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!!!!!!! ~Remember to give out +'s when it's 'deserved' & select best responses. ;-]
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• India
3 Nov 06
Its just priceless to have a child.
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@MySpot (2602)
• United States
3 Nov 06
Loved that! Thanks for sharing : )
• United States
3 Nov 06
You are welcome. Thanks for the reply ;-]
• United States
2 Nov 06
I love that!!!
• United States
4 Nov 06
I am glad you liked it. thanks for sharing ;-]
@tentwo67 (3384)
• United States
1 Nov 06
Froggy Boy - he's cute!
This is all so true, and so beautiful, and so evocative of everything wonderful about having a child. Each day is precious. I look at my beautiful little boy and think that before I know it he will be a man. I treasure this time with him, however much it costs financially, it's a bargain.
• United States
1 Nov 06
I agree with you. No matter the cost it is a bargain!!! Thanks for sharing ;-]
• United States
1 Nov 06
That was really great. :) I knew there was more than one reason I wanted to have kids. LOL
• United States
3 Nov 06
I am glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing ;-]
@sunrisekn (1468)
• United States
1 Nov 06
Thats so awesome! Thank you so much for sharing that. You are right, all you ever hear are the negative, it's nice to see the positive in print!
• United States
3 Nov 06
Thanks for sharing ;-]
@brown2654 (452)
• Pakistan
3 Nov 06
well there is no price of children children are like flowers as flowers r no price so hows its possible that they can b thnx
• United States
3 Nov 06
what was a wonerful post.. and i do agree with all what u have told.
@surya3331 (693)
• India
3 Nov 06
Yes you have to decide the cost you can bear before giving birth to a child.
@Meljep (1668)
• United States
3 Nov 06
You are absolutely right, the pros outweigh the cons. I hope each one of us will work to be good examples to the next generation.