I read this on someone elses page and wanted to share it with my friends!

The Price of Children
     
Here is something positive for a change.  I have 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 to be $160,140 for a middle income family.
     
Talk about sticker shock! Not to mention college tuition.
     
But $160,140 isn't bad if you break it down into:
     
* $8,896.66 a year, or
* $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 "if you want to be
'rich', don't have children.  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 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",
* watch Saturday morning cartoons,
* go to Disney movies, And
* wish upon a star.
     
You also get to:
     
* frame rainbows, hearts, and flowers under refrigerator
  magnets, and collect:
* spray painted noodle wreaths for Christmas,
* hand prints set in clay on Mother's Day and
* cards with backward letters for Father's Day.
     
For $160,140, there is no bigger 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,
* 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 history:
     
* her first step,
* his first word,
* her first bra,
* his first date, and
* their 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 called grandchildren and great grandchildren in your
obituary
     
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 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 that one day they will love without counting the cost, that is quite a
deal for the price!
     
Always find time to love & enjoy your children & grandchildren!

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walke...
Jun. 3, 2008 at 1:26 PM Thanks for sharing this is a great post!! :)

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sweet...
Jun. 3, 2008 at 1:28 PM I must say...this brought a tear to my eyes...thanks for sharing...

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simpl...
Jun. 3, 2008 at 1:28 PM

This is wonderful post , sometimes in the hustle and bustle of life we forget the blessings along the way thank you for  the reminder

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Momma...
Jun. 3, 2008 at 1:35 PM

Ohhhh.. Ive got flooded eyeballs now ! 

very sweet post. 

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RN4We...
Jun. 3, 2008 at 2:53 PM Thanks ladies for reading, it made me cry like a big baby also!!  LOL

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ms_mo...
Jun. 3, 2008 at 3:24 PM that is soo super sweet. thanks for shairing

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Jun. 3, 2008 at 3:28 PM

Wow you guys have voted this post 19th most popular on Cafemom!  You made me blush!  LOL  Have a great day ladies!!!!

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RN4We...
Jun. 3, 2008 at 7:30 PM Wow now it is the 10th most popular!  I'm happy you guys liked it so much, thank you for letting me share!

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Jun. 3, 2008 at 8:19 PM You made me cry!

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Jun. 4, 2008 at 7:04 AM I LOVE it!

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