Price of a child

Discussion in 'General Conversation' started by TDawgNOk, Jul 26, 2006.

  1. TDawgNOk

    TDawgNOk Gathering Monitor (Instigator)

    Tulsa, Oklahoma
    The 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.

    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?
    * 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.

    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 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 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!!!!!!!
  2. Catgirl

    Catgirl New Member

    Tony, this is really beautiful. I have experienced just about all of this working with preschoolers, back in the day! I never want to have to "coax gum" out of bangs AGAIN :lol: Oh, wait, those were MY bangs :big_smile: Thanks for posting, buddy, touching thread.

  3. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

    Greenup Co. KY
    Great Post!!! If you're lucky,a fishing partner for life!!!
  4. SubnetZero

    SubnetZero New Member

    Sherman IL
    Great post!!! and the timing of reading this couldn't have been better..

    Just a bit ago, I was holding my newborn son. I was watching him trying to grab the the rattle I was holding. The desire to reach out and grab it was there, just not the mechanics... He started kinda slapping at it until his hand fell upon it.. Then with such a determined look on his face, he maneuvered his hand around it and took hold...After grabbing on, he just kinda studied his hand on it and wiggled his fingers...the other day he found his feet and spent a good portion of the day kicking em around, pulling em up, wiggling his toes....

    I have a 6 year old and a 4 month old. I never get tired of seeing thier awe when they discover something new..
  5. olefin

    olefin New Member

    Tony, you think thats bad for raising them... just wait till they get grown!:lol:

    That is an interesting post, thanks.
  6. teaysvalleyguy

    teaysvalleyguy New Member

    GC, OHIO
    Great post Tony, thanks for sharing.