It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Chapter 1, Page 29, Book 11

The Price of Children
Ths just too good not to pass on to all. Here is 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. I think this was written awhile back and like everything else, I'm sure the price has gone up!

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:

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 children, 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!

Author Unknown

It's SUPER Saturday and it's a day to make the most out of this wonderful life that we are living

'On Ya'-ma


peggy said...

I just love it! And I am experiencing it all over again with John Michael and watching Betsy and Kyle on my computer. I can't believe I have Great grandchildren! And Pooh again, oh bother!

Scrappy quilter said...

That is just too cute. Love it!! Hope you have a wonderful Sat. Hugs

jack69 said...

A good way to look at a HEAVY task. Sometimes I would have sent them back, but most of the time they are keepers.

Kathy said...

I love it!! Thanks for sharing it.

Ally Lifewithally said...

For all the Joy they bring us ~ they are worth every penny ~ Ally x

grammy said...

I love that.
I hate to hear how much it costs to raise a child...
did we ever even begin to think of that in the 70's when we started having a family??? No
Did our parents think of that??? and they had even less money than we did.
My mental stability and health comes from the love of my kids and grandkids (o:

Sybil said...

What a wonderful look on having children. we are always seeing such negativity with regards having them...Bet you are having / had a wonderful weekend. Congradulations to everone for their wonderful walk..
Love Sybil xx