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The cost of raising a child.

Old 01-11-2002, 07:56 AM
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You're right. the cost has nothing to do with it.
When my daughter was born it was the best day of my life. Watching her being born, grow up, going to school, being the proudest parent at every graduation, all the refridgerator art, ceramic ashtrays (we don't smoke), putting up with her practicing the clarinet, concerts, taking her to marching band practice, the ball games, then band competitions and again being the proudest paretnt as she accepted her high school diploma.
Now that we have a grandson, who turns 3 next month, the cycle begins again and I'm a proud Grandfather (PopPop).

Raisng our daughter wasn't all roses. There were many clashes of authority. Many heartbreaks. Many differences of opinion and discussions about right and wrong.
All the discussions, the arguments and differences of opinion serve to show us how their thoughts and ideas are being shaped and what in direction their lives are heading.

Yes, there were times she was a royal pain in the A**! But I wouldn't trade her for anything.
A parents love is unconditional.

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Old 01-11-2002, 08:41 AM
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I have to agree COMPLETELY!! I can't imagine my life without my kids, it would be empty and boring. We too make the sacrafices to keep our kids out of daycare, and I wouldn't have it any other way. My oldest Daughter, Ally, was just tested and accepted in the gifted program at her school, and I'm one proud PAPA @ the moment!!
PS The latest name for our boat, that the boss, (Wife) and I like is: "Faster Daddy" !
Both of the girls like to go FAST!! I'm a lucky man!!

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Old 01-11-2002, 08:41 AM
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Sounds great , but I will remain kidless and wifeless as long as I can !!
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Old 01-11-2002, 08:51 AM
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Then how come my ex screwed me over for more than $254,000 over 18 years for child support when custody is joint and I have them half of the time, pay for 50% of their extra expenses, put a roof over their heads when they are with me and don't forget how much a teenage boy can consume. Sounds like something is wrong with the formula. They are great kids and I guess it is the price one must pay to rid yourself of a mistake.... HER

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Old 01-11-2002, 09:01 AM
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What a great "article". Did you write that?

I am one of those people who never wanted kids. I do not like babies (even still - I like little kids, just not babies too much), but when I found out I was preg I freaked out. But I figured it was meant to be and tried to make the best out of it. I wouldn't trade my little guy for anything in the world. I now stay home with him all day, and he's so cool. I have good days and bad days just like when I used to work. He is definitely one investment that will be life long. I couldn't imagine where or what I'd be now with out him - probably would've killed myself from too much partying!!
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Old 01-11-2002, 09:24 AM
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I used to really like O P K.Then i got my very own little boating buddy.She is 4.5 now and it has been the best 4.5 years of my life.Can't wait till shes big enough to wash and wax the boat
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Old 01-11-2002, 09:37 AM
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I there with you screamon Deamon, or maybe I just haven't reached that point in my life. I am 25, and allot of my friends have kids and their always broke, and never go out. If I had kids their is no way I could afford the Fountain, Flying, or my Conv BMW. Just my 2 cents

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Old 01-11-2002, 09:44 AM
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Then we have BAJABOB38 an abortion that lived.
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Old 01-11-2002, 09:55 AM
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Man Sy - you are ruthless!! Offsnore only?
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Old 01-11-2002, 10:09 AM
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It's funny when I 'm coming off plane my 4 yr. will say "why are we slowing down?" I have two young children and they are great. I will admit that children do cramp your style sometimes but that goes with the job. You can't return them! So, If you don't think it is for don't do it.

27fountain, 25 is too young to have kids. Enjoy life for 5 or 10 more years then think about it.

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