THE PRICE OF CHILDREN FATHER’S DAY ACCOUNT

HOW ABOUT 3 GIRLS AND A BOY?
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, really
nice!  The government recently calculated the cost of
raising a child from birth to 18 and came up with
$160,140 for a middle income family. Talk about
sticker shock!  That doesn't even touch college
tuition.

But $160,140 isn't so bad if you break it down.  It
translates into:
* $8,896.66 a year,
* $741.38 a month, or
* $171.08 a week.
* That's 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?

* 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, flying kites,
building sand castles, and skipping down the sidewalk
in the pouring rain.
* Someone to laugh yourself silly with, no matter what
the boss said or how your stocks performed that day.

For $160,140, you never have to grow up.  You get to:
* finger-paint,
* carve pumpkins,
* play hide-and-seek,
* catch lightning bugs, and
* 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 $160,140, 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 to history to witness the:
* first step,
* first word,
* first bra,
* first date, and
* 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 and enjoy your children and grandchildren. What a
bargain! !

“Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.” PSALMS 127:3. Who cares what the world thinks? I love the children the LORD gave me.

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