This is just too good NOT to pass on to all. Here is 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 $160,140.00 for a middle income family. Talk about price shock! That doesn't even touch college tuition.

But  $160,140.00 isn't so bad if you break it down. It translates into:
* $8,896.66 a year,
* $741.38 a month,
* $171.08 a week.
* 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 $160,140.00?

* 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 and flying kites.
* Someone to laugh yourself silly with, no matter what the boss said or how your stocks performed that day.

For $160,140.00, you never have to grow up. You get to:

* finger-paint,
* carve pumpkins,
* play hide-and-seek,
* catch lightning bugs,
* 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 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 a mere $24.24 a day, 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 in history to witness the:
* First step,
* First word,
* First bra,
* First date,
* 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 & great-grandchildren!!!!!!! It's the best investment you'll ever  make!!!!!!!!! 


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May. 8, 2009 at 12:31 PM

I will say thats gota be the most inspiring and true thing that I have heard in a long time... Put a smile on my face and mabie lets us all look at things in a differnt light

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May. 8, 2009 at 1:36 PM

i love it! thanks for sharing!

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May. 8, 2009 at 2:12 PM

Wow that is amazing. Thank you for sharing that, I really needed to read something great!

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May. 8, 2009 at 6:51 PM

Thank You! That was fabulous, and we all need to be reminded of what it is, exactly, that we do as mothers.How very blessed I am to be the mother of the world's best children, all three of them!happy mothers day2

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May. 9, 2009 at 10:44 AM

Made me cry. Really put things in perspective for me. A mum to be who's having serious jitters and emotional troubles needs to read this to remember just what she is doing.

Thank you.

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May. 9, 2009 at 12:02 PM

ditto mum-to-be-at-18 it made me cry too... thanks for sharring this... this help me alot.. i'm going threw a separation and i luv reading thins like this.. thanks you so much u made my day.

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May. 9, 2009 at 9:45 PM

That is beautiful and have printed it out to remind me on the bad days exactly why I love being a mom.

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Feb. 23, 2010 at 9:30 PM

Loved it!

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