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Raising Teens

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    Estimated cost to raising a child to there 18 birthday, almost a quarter million dollars, I do believe they missed that mark a ton if you have girls.

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    Also that's only the beginning, after 18 things really start to add up in a big way for sure.

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    It will all seem worth it when the grandkids arrive.

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    That sounds like an understatement in my view. I have two lads - 7 and 8 - and they cost me a fortune. Music lessons. Swimming lessons. Bikes. Hockey equipment and lessons. etc, etc. It never ends. I wouldn't have it any other way though. I enjoy them immensely.

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    After paying for braces, music lessons, swim lessons, golf lessons, prom dresses, two college degrees, and a wedding, I am glad to say it was worth every penny. I just wish there were more than pennies left over.

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    Have ya ever heard of propaganda?

    Yep this is a good example.

    That cost can be greatly increased or decreased based on how you raise them.

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    I wouldn't have it any other way though. I enjoy them immensely.

    +1

    My two girls (8 + 10) are the absolute light of my life.

    "Be seeing you"


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    Definitely a low ball number. I have a 10 year old daughter in competitive cheerleading and it costs me a bloody fortune. It's been the best thing that ever happened to her though, she had severe anxiety when she was younger that caused some physiological issues for her. After cheerleading she's a changed person and her marks have gone up at school. I'd give my last penny to make my kids happy, and the journey (and cost) is only starting with my 4 year old!

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    One more reason my wife and I stuck with cats...



    "De gustibus non est disputandum."
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    I have no idea how much money I spent on my boy thats grown my 15 year old girl and 13 year old boy. I have no way of calculating that. So it sounds like bull shine to me

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    Sometimes the kids who are the most trouble (and maybe expense) end up the closest to their parents
    emotionally. People think they like the low maintenance kids the most -- no bail money, no running away,
    no shambling in at 3 a.m. I guess parents like to know that their progeny have troubles just like them.
    Some kids have plenty of turmoil, but keep it carefully from the folks. A lot of those.

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    10 years of cheerleading (assuming she'll stick to it) will cost approximately $50,000. That's nothing compared to food & clothing and all the various other items a kid "needs". Granted we tend to spoil them, but I'm 1/5th of the way to the total only by doing one thing!

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    Most people with kids wouldn't be without them, couldn't imagine life without them. It's a whole re-investment
    in the future. The money matters, but only in a needful way. On the other hand, people without kids need not
    fret. There are always nieces, nephews, students, neighbor kids, homeless kids, and a zillion others that need
    an adult to assist. No one escapes parenting, more or less.

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    I have two daughters, a 10 year old and a 15 year old-wouldn't change a thing! Someone once told me though, and I whole-heartedly agree, that raising a teenage girl is like nailing jello to a tree!

    If you could kick the person in the pants most responsible for your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month.

    Theodore Roosevelt.
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    Wow. You guys really invest some dough. Having farm kids saved me money! (lol)

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    This thread is a positive read. It's great that you guys love and appreciate your children. Pipe smoking is obviously be a vital part in the development of any parent, teaching you to deal with things that bite if handled incorrectly, but brings immense joy if done well...

    Anders Sandum
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    My daughter is still costing us money at 28. Sometimes I feel like I'm supporting a small country.

    Blowin' smoke since 1970.
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    I think many young adults in their twenties depend a lot more on their parents than they would like, because
    of the economy. Amazing how hard some of them work, sometimes living packed into an apartment with a
    number of others. The Vietnam veterans didn't have an easy time, but if we survived, there were some
    options when we got back, maybe not the jobs we wanted, but jobs, anyway. When I finished school the
    second time, I took a job just to join the middle class, and worried about actually using my degrees later,
    which I finally did. But I sure got tired of living in barracks, a ship, a welfare hotel (on a housing allowance),
    and a studio apartment (like a 1940 motel unit). I felt more like a citizen of the third world. Some of my
    cousins owned houses while I had yet to live in a residence with a kitchen. I think it is more fun in memory
    than it was at the time.

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    I have an 8 year old boy and a 5 year old boy, as well as a 22-month old girl, and have never once tried to figure out how much they have and will cost me. I guess I just deal with whatever exdenditures come my way and move on; it doesn't really matter, though, because you can't put a $ amount on the relationships I am building with them and the opportunities I can give them.

    Only a poor, uncreative mind cannot come up with more than one way to spell a word. - Mark Twain
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    Keep you eye on the goal. A while ago, the family was in the basement enjoying a pizza and movie. During a potty pause, I told each kid to grab stuff and take it back upstairs. My daughter in a huff said, (with hands on hips!) "When I grow up and have kids, I am going to make them do my work!"

    Exactly!!!!

    Winton

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    I saw this estimate this morning on the news, I thought to myself that's way low ball myself too. This is according to the National average. I do believe that my 4 girls have sailed way beyond this point already and they are in there pre teen years. I do enjoy them very much so and I would not trade them for all the money in the world, they bring me so much joy, and they are daddy girls, all of them. Mama is still wanting that elusive little man, o boy I'm in trouble, might I add I'm 40 and still not done yet until that boy decides to grace us with his presence. We are both close to retirement so the next couple of little ones are going to grow up on a sail boat, sailing around the world has always been our plans.

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    My son is now 40 and his sister is 41 , and they still say daddy daddy help me .
    Never ends

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    Yea, Kids cost a ton for sure. But what a joy they are!

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    I guess all I can say is I have 3 girls 11 year old stepdaughter, 4 year old daughter and a 1 year old and a wife.... I can't imagine the expense I think if I sat down and worked it out I may have a heart attack. That's why at night I sit outside with a pipe and play as much golf as I can. They do make me smile everyday though.

    Marky D.
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    I always say I raised 3 teens that are now 47, and twins that are 45. Used to call them my little Indians because as the Big Indian Chief would raise his hand and say HOW! Mine would raise their hands and say HOW MUCH!

    The Old Cajun
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    My daughter just turned eighteen I make her pay for some of her own bills .But I still pay the biggies .We could only have the one so trust me I have spoiled that girl .

    “There was an awful suspicion in my mind that I'd finally gone over the hump, and the worst thing about it was that I didn't feel tragic at all, but only weary, and sort of comfortably detached.”
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    Old Cajun that's priceless.

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    Kids are moved out a few yrs now. Just me an the Wife here. Would I want to go through it all again? Not on your life!!!!.

    If at first you don't succeed, have another bowl.
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    Shit. My kid was a premie. His delivery bill was $350k.

    Quarter of a mil. Pshaw.

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    Kids: The gifts that keep on taking.

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    Kids are a trial and a blessing - it doesn't matter how much they cost, they're worth every penny. That said, I wouldn't willingly go thru the slamming door, stomping feet stage again.

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