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    The Price of Children

    The Price of Children

    This is just too good not to pass on to all. 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 $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,

    * 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
    * 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,
    * watching Saturday morning cartoons,
    * going to Disney movies,
    * wishing 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 or 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,
    * 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!!!!!!!


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    Re: The Price of Children

    That was awesome! and very very true...

    I love my baby girl :) She's 1 year old! haha
    I do not believe that MLM/Network Marketing is a bad business model. I believe it's the shady people in MLM that make it LOOK bad. As long as you work hard, run your business ethically, and work with ethical people, then MLM can help you reach your financial goals... whether it's just to make extra money on the side or a full-time income.

    "Never argue with an idiot. They just drag you down to their level and beat you with years of experience."

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    Re: The Price of Children

    Ohhhhh...the value of children...not the cost.

    I'm sorry, I thought you were talking about buying children:

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    Re: The Price of Children

    Quote Originally Posted by aegist
    Ohhhhh...the value of children...not the cost.

    I'm sorry, I thought you were talking about buying children:
    Lol. Very funny. At least we're safe down under.

    At Black Market Babies.com, we recognize that stealing babies from their mothers is not an easy task. Even when women are undernourished and weak, they have a way of fighting for their children, much like the legendary mother bear with her cub (the strength of the mother bear, in fact, is one of the main reasons there is no Black Market Bears.com).

    In fact, the baby requisitioner must have a wide range of skills, from the strength of a lion to the quickness of a fox, from the crafty deviousness of a Swede to the dumb stubbornness of an Australian. (Please note that due to these characteristics, you may be assured that Black Market Babies.com has never, and will never, requisition babies from Sweden or Australia.)
    And some good advice for raising a baby.

    General Care

    Your baby is a delicate and easily damaged piece of equipment. Although babies are quite resilient to minor injuries, any permanent damage such as lost limbs or severe head trauma will greatly reduce the base value of your child as well as its future earning potential. BlackMarketBabies.com suggests you follow these safety guidelines until you baby is at least two and a half years old:

    -Newborn babies are very susceptible to infection, so its probably best to keep them away from old people. If necessary, tell grandparents that the baby died.
    -Do not wrap your baby in a burlap sack and throw it into the river, even as a gag.
    -In olden times, many babies used to die from "exposure." Be sure to keep your baby indoors at all times.
    -Refrain from dropping the baby, even if at a baseball game and a foul ball is hit in your direction.
    -Avoid falls of eight feet or more
    -DO NOT leave you baby unattended around crocodiles, dingoes, anthills, wet cement, quicksand, or catapults.
    -Do not leave your baby in your vehicle for periods of 5 hours or more, unless the window is cracked
    -Do not physically abuse your baby if there's anybody watching. This can result in adverse legal consequences. The baby can learn its lesson later.
    -Although it may seem funny at the time, naming your baby "****head" or "*******" will lead to later confusion when youâre trying to get your spouseâs attention.
    -Only have your babies foot bronzed by a trained, accredited specialist.
    -Though babies quickly learn to walk and talk, driving is a skill which takes many years to master. Do not even permit your baby to just steer. This is especially important when your baby has been drinking.
    -When playing softball, try not to use your baby as one of the bases. If there is no other alternative, make sure the baby is third base, which is used much less often than first or second.
    -Putting your baby in the freezer will not keep it fresh, nor will cooking it in the oven make it get older faster
    I like the one about driving.

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    Re: The Price of Children

    Wow ThAT really touched my heart...

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    Re: The Price of Children

    Quote Originally Posted by mitay06
    Wow ThAT really touched my heart...
    Yeah, black market babies does that to you....

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