The Price Of Children

Somebody emailed this to me yesterday and I loved it so much. Its beautifully written and so true and is a reminder of why we carry on day after day, year after year fighting the infertility fight.

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 R1,681,470.00 for a middle income family. Talk about price shock! That doesn’t even touch college tuition.

But R1,681,470.00 isn’t so bad if you break it down. It translates into:

  • R93414.93 a year,
  • R7784.49 a month,
  • R1796.34 a week.
  • A mere R254.52 a day!
  • Just over R10.50 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 R1,681,470.00?

  • 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 R1,681,470.00, 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 noodlewreaths for Christmas, hand prints set in clay for Mother’s Day, and cards with backward letters for Father’s Day.

For a mere R254.52 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 paddling pool,
  • coaxing a wad of gum out of hairs, and
  • coaching a rugby 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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  • Reply Kristin

    Great list. I’ve seen it before and it always makes me pause and think.

    April 24, 2009 at 6:53 am
  • Reply WiseGuy

    Smiles and Tears…

    April 24, 2009 at 7:09 am
  • Reply WiseGuy

    Saw this list for the first time…Never mind the currency denomination…it is universal!


    April 24, 2009 at 7:12 am
  • Reply Invivo

    Makes IF treatment look cheap doesn’t it!

    Wonderful post for those days that you wonder if it’s all worth the pain and suffering.

    April 24, 2009 at 7:43 am
  • Reply Michelle

    WOW! Love that.

    April 24, 2009 at 8:05 am
  • Reply Jeannine

    That’s gorgeous. And wonderful. And true.

    April 24, 2009 at 9:09 am
  • Reply Hela

    Love this! Needed this to put a smile on my face.

    April 24, 2009 at 10:01 am
  • Reply Dee

    beautiful but painful at the same time. x

    April 24, 2009 at 10:11 am
  • Reply Emmah

    Love it, is beautiful

    April 24, 2009 at 10:21 am
  • Reply Mel

    Love, love, love, love, love it, i have tears in my eyes.

    April 24, 2009 at 10:28 am
  • Reply Kirsty

    Ah Shaz – I love it! Can I steal it please? K x

    April 24, 2009 at 6:03 pm
  • Reply thehappyhours

    Visiting from ICLW-although I read regularly, but I suck at commenting. I think that is a great list, even though I have no idea what the conversion rate is 🙂

    April 24, 2009 at 8:52 pm
  • Reply Mr. Shelby

    This is a beautiful post and I’ll be sharing it with Shelby.

    Mr. Shelby (from iclw)

    April 24, 2009 at 10:37 pm
  • Reply S

    Its so cheesy but at the same time so elementally true. I love it!

    If/when we get to bring a live rainbow baby home I’m getting a shirt that says “worth every penny”. And it will be true.


    April 26, 2009 at 3:19 pm
  • Reply S

    shirt for the baby that is 🙂

    April 26, 2009 at 3:20 pm
  • Reply Adi

    And I’m sure, once you have learned how to budget for IVF, you’ll learn how to budget to raise a kid for much less. MUCH less. MUCH MUCH MUCH less. Who thought up that amount… A kid doesn’t need much more than a full tummy, a warm safe bed and a loving parent. And yes maybe you’ll not get to share handing over the keys to their first set of wheels but those things like endless wonder over rock, ants and clouds actually costs nothing and are just as miraculous.

    April 29, 2009 at 1:54 pm
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