From Mariette over at Mercatornet:
Sorry, I cannot divulge the cost or any statistics behind this headline, because I just made it up. But someone ought to write that story. After all, reports about the (insert fear-mongering adverb of choice here) high cost of parenthood are so numerous, frequent and ubiquitous, that they would be boring if they didn’t make me so irate.
Well, here is one more: “Beyond the scary Christmas list: the full parenting price tag”. I stumbled across this story on Yahoo news the other day, and when I re-Googled it a day two later to work on this post, there were so many corresponding hits, I didn’t know which site to link to. This version will do:
In the equation of life, few parents ever really do the math on the actual dollars-and-cents cost of a child. […] few parents would guess that the average American child costs more than $200,000, and that’s before college even starts.
“Cost of a child”? Are we talking about acquiring a fashion accessory, or the welcoming into our family of a unique individual with inherent human dignity?
As a mother of seven, stuff like this makes me crazy, and for numerous reasons. For starters, I find these cost-estimates, for all their pretended scientific ‘accuracy’, extremely misleading….
[F]or some strange reason, in western culture, there’s nothing scandalous, horrible or scary about spending great gobs of money on yourself, only on your dependents. Am I the only one to find this odd? When it comes to pampering yourself, “I’m worth it,” as the L’Oreal ads opine, but when it comes to raising children, we need to be forewarned, if not terrified into, thinking twice before attempting.
Read the entire piece at this link. Fantastic!