In 2015 the government recently calculated the cost of raising a child from birth to age 18, a mere $233,610 for a middle-income family, not including college tuition (factor in cost-of-living for today’s price).
I’ve often seen articles on the cost of raising a child and the risks involved, but seldom have seen the rewards listed. Soooooo . . . here’s a personally edited version of a study on ‘Bang for the Buck’ our children provide.
First off, $233,610 isn’t so daunting if you break it down as follows:
· $12,978 a year
· $1,082 month, or $271 a week
· That’s a mere $39 a day
· Just $1.61an hour . . . far below minimum wage 😊
You might still believe the best financial advice to becoming ‘Rich’ is to not have children. Actually, it is just the opposite.
What do you get for $39 a day?
· Glimpses of God every day
· Naming rights . . . first, middle, and last
· Giggles under the covers every night
· More love than your heart can hold
· Butterfly kisses and mini-bear hugs.
· Endless wonder over rocks, ants, clouds, warm cookies and boogers 😊
· A hand to hold, usually covered with jelly, chocolate, or ???
· A partner for blowing bubbles, flying kites and fishing
· Someone to laugh yourself silly with, no matter what the boss said or how your stocks performed that day
For $39 a day you . . . my favorite 😊 . . . never have to grow up, getting to:
· Carve pumpkins
· Play hide-and-seek
· Catch lightning bugs and frogs
· Never stop believing in Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy
· Keep reading the Adventures of Piglet and Pooh
· Enjoy Saturday morning cartoons
· Watch Disney movies
· Wish on stars
· Lie on your back watching clouds draw animals in the sky
· Place rainbows, hearts, and family stick figures under refrigerator magnets
· Get hand-prints set in clay for Mother’s Day
· Receive cards with backward letters for Father’s Day
· Tell tall tales that are believed, and really dumb jokes that are laughed at
· Build tree forts to play in
· Experience the joy of mud play
· Jump in rain puddles
· A ‘buy’ for doing all sorts of really stupid, juvenile things 😊
For $39 a day you get to be a super-hero just for:
· Teaching how to tie a shoelace
· Retrieving a ball from a roof gutter
· Taking the training wheels off a bike
· Removing a splinter
· Getting soaked in water pistol battles
· Building a dam in a creek
· Coaxing a wad of gum out of bangs
· Coaching a team that never wins but always gets treated to ice cream regardless
For $39 a day you have a front row seat to history to witness the:
First puppy love
First time behind the wheel . . . can be an adrenaline rush😊
For $39 a day you get to be:
Regarded as a walking encyclopedia . . . until they reach 3rd grade 😊
Another branch added to your family tree, and if fortunate . . .
a long list of limbs in your obituary called grandchildren and great grandchildren
An education in psychology, nursing, criminal justice, communications, and . . .
human sexuality questions no college has to handle or try to answer 😊
In the eyes of a child, you have near Divine power to:
· Heal a boo-boo
· Scare away the monsters under the bed
· Patch a broken heart
· Police a slumber party
· Ground them forever
· Love them without limits
Soooooo . . . hopefully one day they’ll become parents, loving their own children without counting the cost, realizing they’re quite a deal for the price . . . while you subtly extract revenge spoiling your grandchildren to challenge their parental skills 😊
“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth.
Happy is the man whose quiver is full of them.”
Keep Looking Up . . . His best is yet to come!
4 thoughts on “The Cost of Children”
A beautiful and inspirational perspective.
I’m retrospectively envious of you Mama 😊. On those child challenging days of yore I wished life had a Fast-Forward button, I now wish there was a Rewind button to go back and relive those “Daddy, watch this!” days. Enjoy your 2 precious “Mama, watch this!” blessings Wynne.
I love, love, love this post, Fred! It’s a balm to my tired parenting limbs after taking two kids swimming and trying to pay attention to non-stop “Mama, watch this!” Which, you’ve helped me reframe as the biggest privilege (and a bargain) in the world! ❤