Tuesday, January 22, 2008

The Price of Children

"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.
But $160,140 isn't so bad if you break it down.
* $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.
Thanks Dad for footing the bill! We love you!
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?

Way more than you paid, that is for sure!
*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 cookies.
* A hand to hold, usually covered with jelly.
* 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, 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 or
pizza, 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!!!!!!!
Love & enjoy your children & grandchildren!!!!!!!"

I saw this somewhere and thought it was worth
keeping and sharing.


Miss Jen said...

$160,000 doesn't seem like that much to me actually!? Is that weird?

Bon's Blog by Design said...

I agree, I think this was written awhile back. Maybe it just seems cheap compared to the cost of houses. And remember that is just to age 18. It is fun though. And when you think about it $75.00 per day for three kids was a lot in those days.

Deanna Munoz said...

This is such an interesting way to look at it. In this case, I think my parents owe ME money...I am worth WAY MORE than a dollar an hour! lol!!!! I loved your blog, you have the cutest kids and you have been an awesome mom!!!

Bon's Blog by Design said...

Yes, you are worth more than a dollar an hour, Deanna! Thanks for loving my kids, they are pretty cool, aren't they? To quote a friend of mine, "They just came that way and we did our darnedest not to mess them up too much!" This whole post is kind of funny as who could ever put a dollar amount on such a priceless bunch! There is no $ that compares, I don't care how much it is!

Laura said...

Thanks for sharing, Laura