The future of civilization for a dolllar an hour
- 19 January 2002
All of you planning to, having, or raising children might be interested in
For all you Parents & Grandparents out there......
I have seen repeatedly 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, really
nice! The government recently calculated the cost of
raising a child from birth to 18 and came up with
That doesn't even touch college tuition.
For those with kids, that figure leads to wild
fantasies about all the money we could have banked if
not for (insert your child's name here). For others,
that number might confirm the decision to remain
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 $24.44 a day! Just over
a dollar an hour.
Still, you might think the best financial advice says
don't have children if you want to be "rich". 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
A hand to hold, usually covered with jam.
A partner for blowing bubbles, flying kites, building
sandcastles, and skipping down the sidewalk in the
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
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
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 the
bike, removing a splinter, filling the 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
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 with
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.
ENJOY YOUR CHILDREN (and grandchildren) !!!!!!
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