Sunday, May 10, 2009

Of Children and Motherhood

The Price of Children
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.

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 Dr Suess
* watch Saturday morning cartoons
* go to Disney movies
* 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 (I got a cute one today from the boy), 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
* 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!
(the above is borrowed from an email forward, but it is so much the way I feel EVERY Mother's Day that I found it appropriate to share)

I am so incredibly grateful to MY MOM for loving me without counting the cost, and feel so blessed to be a Mom to 3 amazing little people who teach me so much every day!

Happy Mother's Day!


  1. interesting facts...I do feel that my kids can be expensive at times, but it's NOTHING compared to the shopping I did before I had children to fill the missing void. I shop WAY less now than I did before kids! They way I see it, the money get's spend regardless...having kids only redirects the traffic of cash flow.

    Happy mother's day!

  2. Cute. I LOVE that picture of you!

  3. So true! Loved the post! Can't wait to see those cute kids of yours!

  4. Thanks for that post Natalie. I loved it.

  5. Consider that your mere $24.00 a day equates to $100.00/day (four kids)...or perhaps, $35,586.64 per year ... No wonder I like dollar movies so much :)

    Besides that, I LOVE the poem and yes, I do believe that my kids are worth $35,586.94 per year (most days).

  6. LOL Liz! I know you whipped out your calculator for that one! Too funny. Perhaps we should switch to Redbox nights, even cheaper that way. :P