Raising Children

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 or * $741.38 a month
* $171.08 a week. Or * 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. So What do You Get for Your $160,140?

* Naming rights. First, middle, and last!
* Glimpses of God every day.
* More love than your heart can hold.
* Butterfly kisses and Velcro hugs.
* A hand to hold which is usually covered with jelly or chocolate.
* Someone to laugh yourself silly with, no matter what the boss said or how your stocks performed that 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,

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.

But most important, you gain immortality. 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 and enjoy your children and grandchildren.

What does this have to do with type 1 diabetes?

Thanks for the post, Richard! I enjoyed reading it…gave me a new perspective on my two children :-).

Oh, I’m just being grouchy, Dave!

They should calculate the cost of a type 1 diabetic child! LOL.

…given some kind of average insurance…and age…errrr…haha…yeah. >__>

I posted this on the Discussions page, I did not notice that it had to be solely Type 1 diabetes topics. Where do any of you see that??? I still haven’t found it. So sorry folks!

Thanks Richard, I enjoyed reading that and remembering. :smiley: Hubby and I were watching the news this morning and it showed a bunch of 3-5 year olds, rolling around on the rugged floor with their toys and giggling and wrestling.

I said," Awww, remember when our Kids used to do that"?. It melted my heart and made me feel Good. They were so cute. And he agreed.

They are Well worth it.

Thank You Richard. I have been living this life you describe for 18 years so far and loving it.I just turned 50 this month and I have 7 children from 2 to 17.The 4 youngest are 7 and under and I get so much JOY watching and playing with them.When I see my 2 teenage daughters Loving the little ones so much, and cuddling them when hurt or sick,it’s like the commercial says.PRICELESS.