On "Three Kids. You Showoffs"

In today’s Washington Post, Pamela Paul, author of Parents, Inc., writes about practical and economic challenges of having a third child in today’s economy. People are shocked at their "financial audactiy," Paul writes and continues: "Raising kids today costs a fortune. Last month, the Department of Agriculture estimated that each American child costs an average of $204,060 to house, clothe, educate and entertain until the age of 18."

Paul warns parents to be wary of marketing hype and suggests why.

As a parent of a large family by today's standard, Paul's article rings true.

I'm planning of taking a closer look at Paul's newly released book, Parenting, Inc. How We Are Sold on $800 Strollers, Fetal Education, Baby Sign Language, Sleeping Coaches, Toddler Couture, and Diaper Wipe Warmers -- and What It Means for Our Children.

You might want to check this out also.

To read the article, select: “Three Kids: You Showoffs"


  1. hi connie,
    i found you through TWV2. I enjoyed reading your different blog posts.
    this sounds like an interesting article. With our first child, I was suckered into buying "must have's" for our kids. Diaper Jeannie, anyone? Well, I was clueless!

  2. Sonjia,

    Thank you for commenting.

    And may God richly bless you as you parent with love and logic as you also find time to write.


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