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My youngest son (of 3) turns 17 this week. He’s throwing himself a big party to celebrate. Maybe I should celebrate too. I’ve reached a milestone in parenting.  I recently read that the cost of raising a child from birth to 17 has jumped 25 percent over the past 10 years. The Department of Agriculture, which tracks annual expenditures on children by families, reveals a middle-income family with a child born in… Read More

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CNN had the following story that will hit home for any parent. Enjoy! $226,920. That’s how much it’ll cost you to raise a child from birth until they’re out of high school. Fresh data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows that figure is a whopping 40 percent higher than what it was at the start of the decade. In 2000 — parents were paying about $165,000 over the first 18-years. That… Read More

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