Thursday, March 8, 2012

The Cost of Raising a Child

Chase is dating a girl with an adorable 18 month old baby and it has been a real eye opener for him. While shopping at Wal-Mart last night, he text me. Here is what was said...

Chase- : D Having a kid is expensive.  (as if I didn't already know)

Me- Try having four.

Chase- No thanks!

Our short conversation brought to memory a Court of Honor that I attended, where the Boy Scout's father read the following thought provoking piece:

The Cost of Raising a Child

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.

That's 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 joke

* 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 and enjoy your children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

It's the best investment you'll ever make.

If anyone knows who the author is, please let me know. I would like to give credit where it is due.


Carolina HeartStrings said...

Love it! So you have all this times 4!

msa | discount online printing services said...

This list is so sweet. It's something that every mother and a grown up kid can relate to - I mean it totally brought me back to my childhood and remembered all the things my mom did for me.:)

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