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The Expense of Children

September 23rd, 2008 at 04:15 pm

If you don't have children and you think the expensive part is clothing, food, and toys. Well, Teehee! That's the EASY stuff.

It's the medical and dental care, for one.

& other expenses...

Anyway, BM had another dental appointment yesterday and they filled 2 cavities. Said it may only be one, but it was 2. *sigh*

I guess it's good I have had some time to get used to it. I am less stressed about it all today.

I have 2 more rounds at the roulette wheel. (2 more quadrants with 1 OR 2 cavities each. Won't know until they drill - teeth too close together which is the whole problem in the first place).

He's fine - he thought it was great fun. At least he is taking it well. I am $400 poorer for it. (Though credit card rewards and tax deductions means I get back 23% for every dollar spent. Eventually). They also gave us 10% discount since no insurance, so was more like $360. But it still will be a chunk of change.

3 down, 5 - 7 to go.

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BM got sent to the principal's office today. Wrote all over his white shirt with markers. Oy vey.

Actually they were pretty easy on him but I am at a loss.

To be fair, *I* did not buy the white shirt. MIL did. The school were the stupid ones who thought white was a good color for small kids. ???????

At a loss because he has NEVER destroyed property with a writing utensil. I guess there is a first time for everything!

Shirt will no doubt be tossed. I will be glad to see it go. Will probably take a chunk from his allowance to replace it. With a nice dark colored shirt.

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Anyway, I will knock wood at this point but he has not lost his backpack or lunch box yet. (knock on wood furiously). I was eyeing his jacket with the weather probably cooling off soon and wondered how long until he loses it. I am starting to see little expenses adding up that I didn't think of, now that school has started.

It's every morning when I have to remind him about his backpack as we get into the car AND as he gets out of the car that I start to think about these things...

I guess if he doesn't lose everything, the plus side is plenty of hand-me-downs for LM. That is the other rule of children. 2 kids is not twice as expensive. Phew, for that.

Honestly, surprised the white shirt lasted that long! But no, not the demise I expected.

6 Responses to “The Expense of Children”

  1. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Regarding twice as expensive--I have an acquaintance who has a child and a grandchild just one year's difference in age. Any time she buys a toy for one, she buys a duplicate for the other. She says it is the fair thing!

  2. thriftorama Says:

    No kidding. Food is cheap compared to the 529 plan and the money I'm giving up because I have no affordable care option. It sucks.

  3. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Did BM say why he wrote on the shirt? Would bleach get the marker out?

  4. sillyoleme Says:

    I'm with frugaltexan... I'd be interested to hear BM's reasoning for his "artistic expression". Smile

  5. debtfreeme Says:

    a school that does not use washable markers? interesting...

  6. monkeymama Says:

    We'll see. It looks pretty bad. Even if they wash out I am sure they stain white. But we'll see.

    He tried to pass it off as an accident to dh. I told dh over the phone, "Was he the only one?" Because it did seem a little out of character.

    SO anyway, when *I* asked him he told me his trouble maker friend did it first. (It is clearly no accident).

    I didn't get the impression that was the case (you think the principal would have mentioned) and wondering if he heard me over the phone or something. Stinker.

    He's certainly a class clown type and his teacher's explanation was that he thought it would be funny. That sounds about right. I think he realizes it wasn't very funny.

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