The Price (and Rewards) of Having Children.

Great story about raising children with a different perspective. Normally, you only see the breakdown of the cost of raising a child, but this piece provides the rewards too.

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,
    ·  $741.3 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 your children & grandchildren!!!!!!!

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17 Responses to “The Price (and Rewards) of Having Children.”

  1. Raymond Malena says:

    right on–three sons ( two were twins ) keeps a person hopping–but the love and enjoyment is well worth it
    RM

  2. Tammy Hansley says:

    I just want to say that my husband and I have been discussing having another child and counting the cost. Daycare, diapers etc. and boy have we seen a different perspective thank you so much for this letter.

  3. Linda Weisholz says:

    In raising our children, my husband and I got to see a bit of heaven everyday. And . . . that is priceless to us.

  4. Laura says:

    Very sweet. I’m going to use this data somehow to motivate my boys! My favorite benefit? Bedtime stories.

  5. Jacqueline Paul says:

    Many a time u dont count the cost because what is life without those bundles of joy.I hate to imagine a life without them.Who would be there to hug n luv us but for them.They are God’s gift n heritage to us, moreso a crown to us.

  6. Susan Reed says:

    Mother’s who work are missing out on the greatest job they will ever hold. To miss out on the many experiences of watching their kids discover the world is sad to say the least.

    I have so enjoyed watching my kids grow up and discover the world in the most amusing ways, and now I have the pleasure to watch my Granddaughter on a daily basis discover the world, bringing tons of laughter every day.

    I feel I am truly Blessed by God to have such joy in my life.

    Thank you, for bringing this inspirational publication.

  7. Vilma Gunadi says:

    We’ve thanked God for each child and grandchild for they are His gifts. But what comforts me is that He doesn’t abandon them, on the contrary, He remains their Heavenly Father by watching over them continuously as He never slumbers.

  8. Vilma Gunadi says:

    We’ve thanked God for each child and grandchild for they are His gifts. But what comforts me is that He doesn’t abandon them, on the contrary, He remains their Heavenly Father by watching over them continuously as He never slumbers.

    Thank you for counting the cost for us.

  9. andrea says:

    REALLY LOVE YOUR INSPIRATION LETTER.

    Without children our world would be empty and joyless.
    Children are one of God’s special gifts, and so is each new day he
    gives us.

    Every child of God has a special place in HIS plan –
    So I can say loud, I L Y Alexandra and Christopher, and
    I am so happy that you have chosen me as your mother.

    God Bless you both
    xo

  10. Vilma Gunadi says:

    Children are gifts from God who lends them to us earthly parents to raise them up together with Him as they are in fact His children.

  11. Jaclyn Mays says:

    Just want to say I needed to read this letter so badly. It’s like God sent it to me. We have our struggles but their is nothing that can take the place of being able to see your child grow a little more everyday. Most importantly, no amount of money in the world for the hugs and kisses and the ” I love you Mommy”. My little boy is my heart and soul. Sometimes I get lost amongst the everyday struggles in life so I believe every mother needs to be reminded of all these precious moments we are blessed with to be able to spend with our children. And yes, he is a beautiful gift from God. The best I have ever received. Thank you for this inspirational letter. It was very uplifting.

  12. Linda Leshko says:

    My greatest goal as a child growing up was to be a mommy. It truly was all I ever wanted, not some big career, not lots of money or a big house. I knew someday I would have that big house in heaven. God truly blessed me with three sons and a stepdaughter who I love like my own. They are all raised with families of their own and I now have 8 3/4 grandchildren. My heart is truly bursting at the seams with love and pride for my four gifts from God. And as witnessed by my growing number of grandchildren, His is a gift, like all His gifts, that keeps on giving.

  13. Nisha D'Souza says:

    I was watching a children’s dance competition on television one day and there was this mother who made a comment that I’ll never forget. She said ” God gave us children so that we can re-live our childhood”.

    Its so true. Having children has given me an opportunity to wacth Tom & jerry, eat ice creams, make mud cakes in the backyard, dance in the rain, and above all not be judged by others.

    I am grateful for my children.

  14. Steve says:

    Very sweet. I’m going to use this data somehow to motivate my boys! My favorite benefit? Bedtime stories.

  15. Jackie Linn says:

    I love it! This caused flashes of a million memories in the few moments it took me to read! Thank you!

  16. CHILDREN ARE PRICELESS NO MATTER WHAT IT COSTS TO BRINGING THEM UP IS MUCH LESS THAN ONE GETS IN RETURN!MY CHILDREN(3) ARE THE BEST THINGS I HAVE ACCOMPLISHED
    IN MY LIFE AND I AM VERY PROUD OF EACH ONE.WHEN ONE DECIDES TO BRING CHILDREN INTO THIS WORLD ONE DOES NOT
    CONSIDER THE COST !!THEY ALL ARE PRICELESS.PARENTS NEED TO REMEMBER THEIR CHILDREN ARE THE BEST PARTS OF
    BOTH OF THEM. GOD BLESS ALL PARENTS & CHILDREN. WISHING YOU ALL SUNSHINE DAYS.

  17. Jen says:

    This article is true in every way~the many blessings that my son brings to me are priceless. My favorite and most sacred one is his unconditional love for me. It doesn’t matter what happens, he is so forgiving and always has a hug and a few kind words to share with me. He’s truly an angel, as are all children!
    Thank you for sharing this article!!

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