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Old 12-12-2014, 01:10 PM   #21
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Old 12-12-2014, 01:15 PM   #22
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Do furry kids count? Just kidding. None non-furry kids.
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Old 12-12-2014, 01:17 PM   #23
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None! Best retirement investment decision I ever made!
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Old 12-12-2014, 01:23 PM   #24
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One...a 31-year-old bachelor so no grandkids. I keep telling him my engagement ring is his whenever he wants it but he pretends he doesn't hear me. I figure he can always have the stone reset and save a bundle.
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Old 12-12-2014, 01:51 PM   #25
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Zero human children. Plenty of green ones.

I find ways to do nice things for OPK (other people's kids) here and here. My recent stuffed toy giveaway to my older VFW friends ("for the grandkids" ) was a lot of fun to do.
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Old 12-12-2014, 02:33 PM   #26
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Three kids - along with DW a top priority. 67% college graduates. 3 Grandkids. All self sufficient. Now can I retire?
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Old 12-12-2014, 03:58 PM   #27
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Old 12-12-2014, 05:13 PM   #28
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Old 12-12-2014, 05:21 PM   #29
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One of each flavor. After the second DW said it was time for me to fix this problem...
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Old 12-12-2014, 05:40 PM   #30
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Old 12-12-2014, 05:48 PM   #31
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Son and daughter, regardless of the cost they are priceless.
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Son and daughter, regardless of the cost they are priceless.
Mine are like that. No matter how much I offered, no one would take them.
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Old 12-12-2014, 05:59 PM   #33
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I don't really buy that it takes $245k/kid to raise them. But my kids will attest that I'm a mean mom who makes them justify purchases.

Sometimes I love my kids without bounds. Other times they drive me up the wall. It's definitely a mixed bag.
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Old 12-12-2014, 06:27 PM   #34
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I don't really buy that it takes $245k/kid to raise them.
I agree a large majority of parents spend nowhere near that much. However, if you include the upper middle class and 1%ers then the average might be that high with most of them sending their kids to private school from pre-K all the way thru high school graduation.
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Old 12-12-2014, 06:34 PM   #35
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Zero, you'd think 2 kids that married at 18 would have had the decency to be pregnant. 39 years later still none, maybe we didn't do something right.


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Old 12-12-2014, 07:02 PM   #36
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The TV in the kitchen is tuned to an old re-run of Two and a Half Men. Alan and Charlie's mother just told them "the reason god gave us children was so that death wouldn't look so bad......" Sheeeesh...... I almost spit my manhatten over the keyboard and monitor.

Our kids and grandkids have added an interesting dimension to our lives. Some real challenges, some real joys. If it turns out I have a moment on my death bed to reflect before the lights go out, I doubt I'll be thinking that I regret having had them in my life. But that's just me. I certainly respect the feelings others have in regard to these choices.
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Old 12-12-2014, 07:05 PM   #37
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When DW and I married we agreed that we wanted a round number of children. When we figured out what that round number was, we already had one.

Then we had another. I don't think we regret it and (33 years later) that first kid is about is about to bestow upon us us the dreaded title of GP. Can anyone save us from that fate?
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I don't really buy that it takes $245k/kid to raise them. But my kids will attest that I'm a mean mom who makes them justify purchases.
I look at it this way......

If in our early 20's we had started dollar cost averaging into VTSMX (Vanguard TSM fund) the dollars we were spending on children, how much would be in that account today? We might not have spent $245k, but I bet if we had been free to invest the money we did spend those many years ago and let it compound and grow, it would be worth well over $245k today.

Just estimating here of course.........
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Old 12-12-2014, 07:23 PM   #39
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2+2. Officially anyway. I didn't have any big lottery wins or achieve celebrity so I haven't had any others stepping forward to make a claim.
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none for me but . . . Wow! More than half of us don't have children?
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