Category Archives: Marriage and the home

All This for a “Dollar an Hour”

The government recently calculated the cost of raising a child from birth to 18 and came up with $160,140 for a middle-income family. Talk about sticker shock! That doesn’t even touch college tuition. But $160,140 isn’t so bad if you break it down. It translates into $8,896.66 a year, $741.38 a month, or $171.08 week. That’s a mere $24.24 a day! Just over a dollar an hour. Continue reading

No Charge

Our little boy came up to his mother and handed her a piece of paper. After his mom dried her hands on an apron, she read the following:

  • For cutting the grass: $5.00
  • For cleaning up my room: $1.00
  • For going to the store for you: $.50
  • Baby­sitting my kid brother: $.25

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Motherhood: Top Job

Woman has gained (or is it lost) footing and she now enters nearly every profession, most of which until recent years were know only to men. But along with woman’s elevation to respectable positions in the business world has come the temptation to neglect a top job – God-given, honorable, powerful and wonderful – and that is the many-faceted tasks of being a mother. Continue reading