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CanuckAmok Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-25-06 01:25 AM
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21. My school board had this programme...
This is when I was in highschool, so this is 20+ years ago, but...

Each Grade 10 class had planned parenthood class. One of the assignments in the class was to prepare a family budget including all the costs of raising a child.

We had to list all the costs, and budget for them:

clothes, food, books, entertainment, presents, injury/medical, babysitters, school supplies, trips, treats, dentistry, gasoline to/from school/events/etc, etc, etc, etc...

It worked out to be about $250,000 to raise each child from birth to age 18.

It was a real eye-opener to many of us. Particularly as I grew up in a predominantly Mennonite area, so many of my classmates wew planning to marry and procreate right out of highschool.

I bet having a hard look at what a child really costs is the best birth control of all.

Next to Birkenstocks, of course.

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