The Price of Children
The calculated cost of raising a child, from birth to 18, was calculated at R1,681,470.00 (for a middle income family). Talk about price shock! That doesn’t even touch university fees!
But R1, 681,470.00 isn’t so bad if you break it down. It translates into:
· R 93 414.93 a year
· R 7 784.49 a month
· R 1 796.34 a week
· A mere R 254.52 a day!
· Just over R 10.50 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:
· 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
· 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 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 hair
· Coaching a rugby team that never wins but always gets treated to ice cream regardless
For R10.50 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 university 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!