The Price Of A Child

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Cookie - February 26

this was sent to me via email...but I loved it so much that I had to share it with all of you.... The Small Price of Children This is just too good not to pass on to all. 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. 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. 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. 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 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, and communications 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. Love, enjoy and be thankful for your children & grandchildren!!!!!!

 

Mommy_to_be - February 26

so sweet <3

 

Rhiannon - February 26

Aww. That made me cry.

 

EMBERBABY - February 27

That was so touching, it made me cry too!

 

flower.momma - February 27

That is really cute. But honestly, who spends nearly $750.00 on their childen every month? Just curious, I know that we don't.

 

Emily - February 27

My thougth was that was a bit high, but I suopose there are months when you send more than others. You know those once a year expenses like bihtdyas, Chirstmas, shcool tution, school clothes, school supplies....wand wht not . Still dont think I spend that much. I lvoe this though. I think it is so totally worth it!

 

Kristin11 - February 27

yikes, i dont know about 750. I guess between daycare, food, clothes, gas, doctors, maybe it is a close one.

 

bchflwr - February 27

That is so sweet! I will say that we do spend 750.00 a month on ds. Btwn daycare at $160.00 a week, food, formula, diapers, wipes. It all adds up! But that 750.00 is well worth it to wake up to ds' smile every day!!! Can't wait for to share in all the new experiences to come!!

 

Emily - February 27

I guess I don’t relaly think about day care costs. We are lucky enough that my parents watch the girls for free. Not to mention that while they are there, they use diapers, juice, food, and any formula (My 8 mo old is primarily b___stfeed so that is also a cost we don't usualy have) that they bought. They also buy a lot of the clothes my girls wear. I have only bought like three or four outfits for my two year old and only one for my 8mo old, as my mom or my mil law buys them a lot of clothes. Plus most of the big first time expenses were gifts or hand me downs, like swing, changing table, walker, jump up, the crib we bought new but my two year old sleeps in a bed that my parents gave to us (or left in the house we bought from them when they moved out….) anyway, I just had a realization, kids are expensive and I think we would be living in a cardboard box if we had to spend money on some of those things I take for granted…..!!!!

 

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