The cost of raising a middle-class American child to age 18 will exceed $245,000 for a baby born in 2013, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That includes food, housing, childcare and education and other child-rearing expenses.
Then the college costs kick in.
The Onion itemizes some of the expenses:
$224.99: The same kind of shoes Dylan has
$75: Quick succession of turtles
$900: Better video games than ones at ex-husband’s house
$49: All-day park admission for less than two hours at zoo
And there’s more.
Many years ago, I told my daughter I was tracking my expenditures for her favorite baci di alassio cookies at the Italian bakery. If she ever wrote a tell-all, Mommy Dearest-style book about her horrible childhood and abusive mother, I’d present her with the bill with interest. Otherwise, I’d eat the costs. And some of the cookies. She’s now 33 and has not written a memoir. (How many women her age can say that?)