Monday, May 25, 2009

The cost of Children- what a deal!!










The government recently calculated the cost of raising a child from birth to 18 and came up with $160,140.00 for a middle income family. Talk about price shock! That doesn't even touch college tuition.But $160,140.00 isn't so bad if you break it down.




It translates into:
$8,896.66 a year,

$741.38 a month,

$171.08 a week.

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.What do you get for your $160,140.00?

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 and flying kites.

Someone to laugh yourself silly with, no matter what the boss said or how your stocks performed that day.


For $160,140.00, you never have to grow up.
You get to:finger-paint,
carve pumpkins,
play hide-and-seek,
catch lightning bugs,
never stop believing in Santa Claus.

You have an excuse to:
keep reading the Adventures of Piglet and Pooh,
watch Saturday morning cartoons,
go to Disney movies, and wish 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 a mere $24.24 a day, 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 a front row seat in history to witness the:

First step,
First word,
First bra,
First date,
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 & great-grandchildren!!!!!!! It's the best investment you'll ever make!!!!!!!!!








5 comments:

kmoye said...

gees louise, i sobbed like a baby. a mere dollar an hour for a lifetime of love and joy is a steal of a deal.
hope you thought i was as good a price : )

Gina said...

sweet! I have seen that before and loved it. Although, I do have one I would sell for a steal of a deal.
Just kidding!

Anonymous said...

I love the picture of the family...oh my gosh have they grown and do we look like our parents! :) Yes I sneak a peal often to the Coleman Chronicles...love the fact that Kandis's oldest looks just like her!!

Cheryl shanahan

kel said...

I love, love, love this post so much!!

ps changed my blog from Girl In The Glasses over to
http://www.ahesitanthousewife.blogspot.com/

Sharon said...

This made me cry! Thanks for reminding why I am so tired at the end of the day. Love you!