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The Cost of Kids

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> 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
> says don't have children if you want to be "rich."
> It is just the opposite.
> What do your 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 jam.
> A partner for blowing bubbles, flying kites, building
> sandcastles, and skipping down the sidewalk in the pouring rain.
> 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,
> -wishing on stars.
> You get to:
> -frame rainbows, hearts, and flowers under refrigerator magnets
> -collect spray painted noodle wreaths for Christmas
> -collect hand prints set in clay for Mother's Day
> -collect 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 the
> 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.
> 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 with
> 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.
post #2 of 4
So true! I had 2 son's and now 6 grandchildern,who are the light of my life!
post #3 of 4
:LOL: what a deal!! I think that my parents spent way more on me then that :LOL:
post #4 of 4
jeeeez I've never wanted kids because everytime somebody talks to me about kids, it's always a complaint and it has made me VERY against having kids. I don't want to go through all that...

But that has REALLY made me think... there are good things to having kids, I know that sounds silly, but I always thought kids would be a huge burden and would be extremely annoying, why have them then??? but people keep breeding and keep complaining...

Kids can be good too can't they?? Then why would people always complain to me? It has made me very nervous about the idea of 'ruining' my life.
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