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.
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.
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!
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!
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... :wink:
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.
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!"