How much do children cost? Is it worth it?

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Children are expensive, but are they worth it? It’s astounding to me how many people think the answer is no. That so many married couples (who are able to have and care for children) decide not to do so is one of the greatest tragedies of our modern time. Some of the greatest gifts and lessons in life come from having kids. The fact that so many people are missing out on these gifts is not only already apparent in the deficiencies of our society, but will likely have further negative consequences in the generations to come.

Of course the sacredness of marriage, the family, and the dignity of the human person in general is at the core of it all. But here is a cute video of a few of the direct benefits of having kids.The video is a little slow, but worth the watch. So just relax a few minutes, watch, and reflect:

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Shmikey November 5, 2009 at 9:57 am

Children cost you the world and gain you eternity, therefore they give you more than you could ever give them.

Marilyn Maniscalco Henley November 5, 2009 at 1:20 pm

I love this post. That question of how much children cost has been asked for many years. My daughter’s blog post for Of Sound Mind and Spirit, titled “What Every Catholic Mom Longs For…and Prays for” is like an accompanying piece to yours.

http://soundmindandspirit.blogspot.com/2009/11/what-every-catholic-mom-longs-forand.html

Mike November 5, 2009 at 2:30 pm

interesting…but I don’t know if children cost the amount given in the video because I know many families who do not make that much money and yet can afford to take care of and raise their children

froot loop January 7, 2010 at 9:32 am

KIDS COST ALOT!!

enness July 13, 2011 at 10:23 pm

As great a blessing as I am sure they are, I imagine there are other gifts and lessons that are missed by having them…every path has a reward and a cost. Not everyone will be legitimately called to it (sorry if I sound too hopeful, that’s my curmudgeon showing). ‘Because one can’ doesn’t seem to me to be justification enough.

dbond December 1, 2011 at 5:24 pm

I am the oldest of 12 children, and am a mother of 4 children(of this world-3 children were misscarried, so in total I have 7). My father worked for the post office, my mother stayed home to raise us. I was abandoned by my ex-husband when I was 7 mos. pregnant with my 4th child. In both instances people would look at us in the “kids are a burden” mentally and spiritually warped attitude and think my mom and I were both nuts. I love my brothers and sisters, I love my children, and cannot imagine this world without any one of them. It was a struggle for my mother, it was a struggle for me, but all of my siblings and children grew up to be good and loving people, and that is what makes life worth living in this world, right? Empty arms makes for self-absorbed empty hearts. Saying “no” to God when He desires to give life is like the “no” Adam and Eve said when they did not trust God, and denied His goodness and love as they gave into their own selfish will. Everything to loose, and nothing to gain when we defy and deny Our Heavenly Father.

Coleen Mast December 2, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Children fill your heart. That’s what the ful-FILL-ment of life is all about. Love comes alive in a whole new person who will live for all eternity. It doesn’t get any better than that.. until heaven, of course.

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