How Much Does It Cost to Have A Kid?

These days, everyone seems to be asking “How much?” I read somewhere recently that the current economic climate is making people postpone having babies. Maybe they would reconsider if they read this post on Soapbox Mama titled, The Price of Children.

At first, it seems to be the usual waah, waah, waah… lamenting the fact that the average cost of raising a child for a middle income American family is $160,000, not including college tuition. But then JB goes on to break that down to it’s daily equivalent of $24.24. What do you get for $24/day? I was so moved by JB’s perspective. She says…

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. You get to be a hero just for retrieving a Frisbee off the garage roof.

snow_daybishop_snowFor all of us who are feeling squeezed by financial pressures, it’s such a great reminder to focus on the 98% of things that are going right in our parenting lives. Thanks, JB!

Read the rest of her post. It’s fabulous! It’s just what I needed to hear when a couple of snow days and trips to doctors and vets throw my work schedule off kilter. Yes, I got to PLAY in the snow and watch my kids and dogs frolic! I also got to engage in a serious discussion about whether there is a tooth fairy for every child or one for everyone.

What about you? What did you GET TO do with your kids today?

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  1. I got to give my youngest her first sitting up bath. She really enjoyed her bath for the first time! I can tell that splashing is a skill she will soon acquire. 🙂