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The Price Of Children...................

Discussion in 'The Attic' started by GGW Laurie, Apr 18, 2008.

    Apr 18, 2008
  1. GGW Laurie

    GGW Laurie Dormant account

    Self Employed
    In the Beautiful South !!
    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!!!!!!!
  2. Apr 19, 2008
  3. happygobrokey

    happygobrokey Dormant account

    student of life
    go to oprah! go to oprah!

    j/k that is very heart-warming.

    at first thought at the title i thought it would have something to do with exploitation in the third world.

    much better than that. i can't wait to have kids someday. they're sweet. :thumbsup:
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  4. Apr 19, 2008
  5. BingoT

    BingoT Nurses love to give shots

    Nursing & Run Bus Trips
    :lolup: I said that too along time ago.In my next life I want Cats but still work with the kids.:thumbsup:
    They keep ya young.
    Do my job for the day and you will even love them more.
    Sometimes my other kids are better than my own at times.
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  6. Apr 20, 2008
  7. happygobrokey

    happygobrokey Dormant account

    student of life
    the only career i am considering right now that involves kids would be a teacher. i think it would be really fulfilling to teach school, but it's not number one on my list of choices. :thumbsup:
  8. Apr 23, 2008
  9. classymom

    classymom Registered

    Customer Service
    Port St lucie Florida
    I've also read somewhere when you retire you need 3 sources of income. Well I created 4 :D Just kidding I may be hurting a little financially because of the 4 girls I have, but what they give me no amount of money could come close to fulfilling.
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