Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Making it all worthwhile

Sometimes something happens which makes it all worthwhile.

Yesterday, my wife was talking with our 6-year-old son. He was telling her about how he was going to have eight boys when he grows up. He told her that he would need a big house for all of those kids.

My wife said, "You'd better work hard in school so that you can get a good job. You need to be able to support that family, and you don't want your wife to have to work and put the kids in day care."

My son said, "What is day care?"

At that moment, all of the effort we have made to be sure that one or the other of us is always available to be with the kids paid off. We could live in a fancier house, drive a nicer car, and have a bigger checking account, and get more sleep if we dumped the kids in day care while we both went to work. But what is the point of having kids if you are going to hire someone to raise them? Investment in things which last and things which really matter will always pay off.

1 comment:

Craig said...

just wanted to say kudos to you. My wife and I have discussed our plans when it comes to our future children's upbringing. Daycare is not part of that plan.

Yes, it will be difficult for us to keep our lifestyle in line with the single income. On the other hand, the I'm willing to do without some luxuries, so that my children will be brought up with my beliefs, and my shared knowledge, not the beliefs and knowledge of a person I don't know.