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Old 02-25-2007, 10:18 AM   #1
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I am not a parent ( but I am a "dog mom" )
However I know this is true!

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 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!!!!!!!

Joanie
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Old 02-25-2007, 01:46 PM   #2
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Not a day goes by that I praise God for loaning us 4 of his children to raise. I would not give up all of the happiness and heartache that the kids have provided. Ours range in age from 16 to 26 and we have 2 grandkids ages 1 & 2. All of the camping trips (including rain) are memories that can't be replaced. 3 of the kids love camping, (the 4th believes that 3 star hotels are slums) and I get to take my grandkids camping this summer.
Even thinking about them puts me in a better state of mind. We have had 24" of snow since yesterday and it is still coming down. 4 hours with the snow blower this morning. Looking for summer but can't see it yet.
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True but being a Grandparent and Great Grand parent you get all that for nothing!!!
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AWWWW, thats wonderful!

We had a mini snowstorm here, not much snow but some sleet and a lot of high wind

But snow can melt quickly and Spring really is just around the corner


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Not a day goes by that I praise God for loaning us 4 of his children to raise. I would not give up all of the happiness and heartache that the kids have provided. Ours range in age from 16 to 26 and we have 2 grandkids ages 1 & 2. All of the camping trips (including rain) are memories that can't be replaced. 3 of the kids love camping, (the 4th believes that 3 star hotels are slums) and I get to take my grandkids camping this summer.
Even thinking about them puts me in a better state of mind. We have had 24" of snow since yesterday and it is still coming down. 4 hours with the snow blower this morning. Looking for summer but can't see it yet.
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Old 02-25-2007, 06:26 PM   #5
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Hi: We have 3 Children rangeing in age from 24 to 29 yrs. old... What I have found out is no matter how you figure them out they are PRICELESS And we raised them to be independant only now I wish they wern't so darn INDEPENDANT!!! Alf S. North shore of Lake Erie
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Joanie,
Perspective certainly makes a world of difference.
Thanks for the reminders.

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Old 02-26-2007, 02:56 PM   #7
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Joanie,

Thank you.

I have two little boys (21 months and 5 years) and everything is a first. First camping trip, first ferry ride, first movie, first plane trip...makes the world new again.

We just bought the eldest some fish the other day. Spent the previous day setting up the aquarium (5 gallon) and getting everything perfect. He couldn't wait. After church on Sunday we bought 4 guppies. Did our best to introduce them into the water as best we could and with the minimum of shock. Then we went to the Seattle Aquarium (wonderful place!). When we returned 'Rainbow Fish' had died. After scooping him out, we said some nice words about him and sent him to the big fishbowl in the sky. We talked about how his little fish spirit was with God.

At night, after stories were read and I was kissing him and saying goodnight I asked him, "Did you have a good day?" I was reflecting on the great time we all had buying the fish and going to the aquarium. He said, "Yes, except for Rainbow Fish."

I think life makes us callous over time (I'm an old guy with really young kids), but seeing life through kids eyes makes it new again, gives hope again, makes life worth living.

I cried for Rainbow Fish...can't say I would've given him a second thought 5 years ago.

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Carl,

What a great post, thanks

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These are my reasons to simle every day
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When I read this story..my first thought is...they eventually turn into teenagers

But, the true part...is if you want to have a fresh view on life...spend some time with a child. Ahh the wonder at every possible thing. From the potato bug to rainbows. My mother tried to tell me my life would change forever when my child was placed in my arms for the first time. She was 100% right. I still get weepy with that memory.

Thanks for sharing Joanie, I'm going to inturn share with all the parents I know
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