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The Price of Children

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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.


      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 our children & grandchildren!!!!!!!

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