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The Cost of Kids

I have seen repeatedly the breakdown of the
cost of raising a child, but this is the first time
have seen the rewards listed this way. It's nice,
really 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

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
$24.34 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 sand castles, 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, 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 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

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. (so try to live up to it)

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.


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