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The Price of 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, 
* $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, keep watching re-runs of iCarly and
 Suite Life of Zack and Cody
 * 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 or 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 (as they LOVE you) & enjoy your children & grandchildren &
 great-grandchildren.

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