Monday, April 07, 2008

I can't decide if this is scary or hysterical...

I just read this article, "Three Kids? You Showoff" by Pamela Paul, in the Post. It's hard for me to imagine that people really think it takes a million (that's right, the author guesstimates a million) dollars to raise a child. Or that anyone would have a child to show off. They do realize that children are real live people, right, not a new purse or a cool car. Right? And children need a nanny? Or two nannies? And squash?!? Are people really making their kids take squash lessons to get them into Harvard? I had no idea my poor children were so deprived! Only one mom to care for all four of them? Only one extra activity per year (regular old baseball? I guess a state school is in their future, huh?)? Cold diaper wipes? Plain old wooden blocks instead of an iPod or Wii?
Check back with me in 12 years to see how much we spent on Levi - I'm guessing we'll come in a little under Ms. Paul's budget.


Meredith said...

Interesting article.

Even though some of the anecdotes are scary, I thought the overall tone of the article was quite positive!

The way we figure it, one day our children will be grateful for what we didn't give them -- and what we did for them instead.

Glad to know we're not alone in this.

Shannon@Idylwild said...

I think people don't give much thought to what an incredible gift a sibling is - I was glad to see the author taking that into account:)

Kelsey said...

Thats interesting... And oh so weird I can not even imagine giving my kid squash lessons!

Shannon@Idylwild said...

Kelsey - Hey, shug, thanks for stopping by! I agree...squash? But I guess to each his own:) I really started thinking about how sad it would be to believe that I couldn't bring up a child without all that stuff.
I love your blog by the way:)