The Cost of a Child
September 17, 2008 10:54am CST
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 * $741.3 month * $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. So, 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 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 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. -Author Unknown I hope that you liked this!
17 Sep 08
You my dear are very, very, lucky indeed. I've always wanted children, but I guess it just wasn't in the cards. They are a treasue to behold. Mind you, I've taken care of many others', and I can say in all honesty, I've enjoyed every minute. cdrxo
17 Sep 08
Hmmm? True enough. Yes, it has crossed my mind many times. Unfortunately at this time, I'm not in a...oh...shall I say, the best position right now. I've got too many things happening on the Hollywood front, which takes up a great deal of my time, and I'm afraid I wouldn't be available much of the time.....and this is not what I'd want for a child. I'd want to be there for them always. Perhaps someday if ever my situation allows for change, I will certainly reconsider. The company contributes to several children's foundations all around the world, so I guess in a way, I feel that I'm in there somewhere? The sad part about the whole thing too, is that I am the only son. Once I'm gone, then that's it...there will be no one left to carry on the family name. But you? You have received the greatest of gifts anyone could ever wish for. cdrxo
17 Sep 08
I have one similar to this in a scrapbook that I made for my children . I have it changed to suit what we do for fun but I loved this the first time I read it . It goes to show that money is not everything because there is more to children then the amount of money we spend because the rewards are far greater then the cost . There is nothing more precious we will ever have in life , then children and when you see a breakdown like this you realize you are not spending anything at all because if you thought about what you spend your money on , on a daily basis , most would see that they waste more money on things they don't need then things they do need just for the sake of having it but with children we have something that will always be a part of us and will forever be with us !!