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November 19, 2012


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Bill and Steve: I have to agree with you guys. I am a single mother raising a seven year old son. Yes the expenses are getting bigger and bigger as he gets older.

And Steve you said it all with this line "they've made my life so much better in so many ways that their financial cost is, in my mind, negligible."

My son is an extension of me, I hate to turn this blog into a motherly discussion but financials for a child will never be an issue for a parent because for a parent they will do whatever they can to see their child happy, healthy and well rounded.

Steve King

Bill: I agree. And as someone who has kids I think the psychic value of having them is way understated.

I know kids aren't for everyone, but they've made my life so much better in so many ways that their financial cost is, in my mind, negligible.

Bill Kerschbaum

What's sad is that children are increasingly seen solely in terms of a financial bottom line, and their impact on me. Our individualism is becoming more and more narcissistic and "value" is reduced to ROI.

You can't reduce a person's life to the degree of economic impact on yourself. Investing hundreds of thousands of dollars into a single person is really investing into our culture's future and its hope for a thriving society.

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