Show me the money, Mommy.

By Kathy Buckworth

Two of my kids have Post It notes stuck to the fridge which read “Money Mom Owes Me.” The irony of this is not lost when I’ve know that the average cost of raising a child in Canada is approximately $300,000. That’s for one child. As the volume of children go up, the cost per child drops, presumably because of some shared expenses and hand me downs.

With four kids, money rarely physically stays on my person for more than a minute.  It comes directly from the ATM, barely touching down into my wallet, before it goes out to the waiting hands of a retail merchant, school secretary, orthodontal receptionist, bored hockey rink attendant, or the outstretched arm poking from a fast food window. (Please note that none of these expenses can be shared between children. I’ve tried to negotiate used braces, trust me.)

My children are very aware of what “It’s too expensive” means (they have heard me say it approximately 2.7 million times, sometimes in reference to the mere existence of a younger sibling), whether it’s the twoonie for the vending machine which spews out a five cent plastic ring, all the way up to some coveted $200 running shoes.  Not that this stops them from asking me for these and other things, over and over again. Part of me gives them credit (not literally) for continuing to ask for more and more.  Their eternal optimism is impressive, if not hopelessly misguided and futile.

I feel like parents today seem to have more expenses than previous generations did.  I think this is partly because of safety concerns, but also it’s also somewhat due to our own gullibility in believing what they really “need”.  Some of the things I spend money on for my children that I’d  like to cut back on include: the “indoor runners”, a different helmet for each of the head-cracking activities my kids are involved in, the endless supply of Slushies which every hockey arena offers, $10 mandatory school agendas, postage-stamp-sized-games for handheld electronic units which are only “unlost” for the first two hours, the “book orders” which come home from school but have more computer games and plush toys than books on order, and every piece of overpriced merchandise that features a talking sponge or a transforming truck.  Throw in all of the organized sports’ fees (including the amount which goes to cover the “trophies for all” strategy), and it’s not hard to do the math on why I find myself eyeing up their piggy banks and occasionally borrowing from them.

The only comfort I have is knowing that by the time they become parents themselves, there will likely be 16 more types of helmets they’ll have to buy for their own kids. And I’m not extending or expecting any credit for that.

Kathy’s latest book “I Am So The Boss Of You: An 8 Step Guide To Giving Your Family The “Business” will be published by Random House in Spring, 2013.  It is available for pre-order now at Chapters and Follow Kathy on Twitter @KathyBuckworth

  1. I simply couldn’t go away your site before suggesting that I extremely enjoyed the standard information a person provide for your visitors? Is going to be back regularly to investigate cross-check new posts.

  2. Hello very cool site!! Guy .. Beautiful .. Superb .. I will bookmark your web site and take the feeds also¡KI’m glad to search out numerous useful information here within the post, we’d like develop extra strategies on this regard, thanks for sharing. . . . . .

  3. Whats Happening i am new to this, I stumbled upon this I’ve discovered It positively helpful and it has helped me out loads. I’m hoping to give a contribution & assist other users like its helped me. Good job.

  4. I precisely desired to say thanks again. I’m not certain the things I could possibly have implemented without the actual tips provided by you over that question. Certainly was a depressing situation for me personally, however , understanding a new specialized fashion you dealt with it took me to cry for fulfillment. I will be happy for your advice and as well , have high hopes you know what a great job your are providing teaching people all through your blog. I am certain you have never met any of us.

  5. Wow! This can be one particular of the most helpful blogs We have ever arrive across on this subject. Basically Magnificent. I’m also a specialist in this topic therefore I can understand your effort.

  6. Thank you a lot for sharing this with all of us you really know what you’re talking approximately! Bookmarked. Please additionally discuss with my web site =). We can have a hyperlink trade arrangement among us!

  7. My spouse and i got quite joyous Ervin managed to conclude his homework via the ideas he was given using your web page. It’s not at all simplistic to simply always be handing out strategies some others have been trying to sell. So we already know we have got you to thank for this. The entire illustrations you’ve made, the simple web site navigation, the relationships you make it possible to create – it’s got all unbelievable, and it’s really assisting our son in addition to us believe that the subject matter is satisfying, and that’s truly essential. Thank you for the whole lot!

  8. Hello, Neat post. There’s a problem together with your web site in internet explorer, may test this… IE still is the marketplace chief and a large component of other folks will omit your great writing because of this problem.

  9. I’ve read a few excellent stuff here. Certainly value bookmarking for revisiting. I surprise how a lot effort you place to make the sort of magnificent informative site.

  10. It¡¦s actually a great and helpful piece of info. I¡¦m happy that you simply shared this helpful info with us. Please stay us informed like this. Thank you for sharing.

  11. You can certainly see your skills within the paintings you write. The world hopes for more passionate writers such as you who are not afraid to mention how they believe. At all times go after your heart. “Until you walk a mile in another man’s moccasins you can’t imagine the smell.” by Robert Byrne.

  12. hope you never quit! This can be one of the best blogs I have really read. You have got certain ridiculous ability here, man. I really hope that you simply never loose your style for the reason that you could be one on the neatest bloggers out there. Make sure you keep it up because the web needs you spreading the word.

  13. I truly wanted to develop a note in order to say thanks to you for those magnificent suggestions you are giving out on this site. My time consuming internet research has now been paid with reputable know-how to exchange with my family members. I would point out that many of us website visitors are undoubtedly endowed to live in a fine website with very many awesome professionals with helpful points. I feel extremely privileged to have come across the web pages and look forward to many more exciting minutes reading here. Thanks once again for all the details.

  14. Hi, i think that i saw you visited my site thus i came to “return the favor”.I’m trying to find things to enhance my site!I suppose its ok to use some of your ideas!!

  15. Very nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wished to say that I have really enjoyed surfing around your blog posts. After all I will be subscribing to your rss feed and I hope you write again soon!

  16. Wonderful beat ! I wish to apprentice while you amend your site, how can i subscribe for a blog site? The account helped me a acceptable deal. I had been tiny bit acquainted of this your broadcast offered bright clear concept

  17. you are actually a just right webmaster. The website loading pace is amazing. It seems that you are doing any unique trick. Also, The contents are masterwork. you have done a great activity on this subject!

  18. I really enjoy looking through on this site, it contains superb blog posts. “Don’t put too fine a point to your wit for fear it should get blunted.” by Miguel de Cervantes.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>