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  1. #1
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    Oct 2006

    Default The Cost of Love (pass-on)

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    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 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 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 everyday.
    *Giggles and outright, deep belly, flat out infectious laughter more times than anyone could ever believe.
    *More love than your heart can hold.
    *Butterfly kisses and Velcro hugs.
    *Endless wonder and pleasure over the simple things: rocks, ants, clouds and warm cookies.
    *A hand to hold.
    *A partner for blowing bubbles, flying kites, building sand castles, and skipping down the sidewalk in the pouring rain.
    *Someone to laugh yourself silly with no matter what the boss said or how your stocks performed that day.

    For $160,140 you can live through your childhood again.
    *You get to finger-paint, carve pumpkins, play hide-and-seek, catch lightning bugs and believe in Santa Clause for awhile again.
    *You have an excuse to keep reading the Adventures of Piglet and Pooh, watching Saturday morning cartoons, going to Disneyland and wishing on stars.
    *You get to frame rainbows, hearts and flowers under refrigerator magnets and collect spray painted noodle wreaths for Mothers Day and cards with backwards 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 the bike, kissing a hurt, filling a wading pool and coaching a baseball team that never wins, but always gets treated to ice cream anyway.
    *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.
    *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 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.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Cleveland, Ohio


    Intersting post!

    $160K for 18 years? And to think, $160K wouldn't even last 8 years for a prisoner!

    Pulled from the WAP website:
    FACT: The average cost to incarcerate an adult inmate in a Department of Corrections institution is approximately $24,500 per year.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2006


    Maybe thats because the parents do it for free? And the employees/officers at a correctional facility expect to be paid!

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