In the final leg of my three part series entitled Financial Benefits of Being...
we're going to cover being a parent.
So what are the financial benefits of having children?
Ha ha ha. Seriously?
Whew! Let me wipe the tears of laughter from my eyes because that one really cracked me up.
You want the truth? There are none.
Yes, you get tax credits and deductions that you don't get without the children, but not more benefit that what you spend on the little creature throughout the year.
But you know what? Having a child is worth far more than any money that it drains from your pocket.
There is a love and pride that you cannot experience outside that of being a parent.
There is a sense of responsibility and frustration that do not otherwise exist.
There is a smile that does not cross one's face until a child makes it appear.
There is a sense of accomplishment when you see your child becoming the person you are struggling to help them learn to be.
There is the benefit of having another person love you so unconditionally that you feel forever blessed and in awe of how this amazing person was allowed to enter your life.
So I cannot think of a single financial benefit to being a parent.
But I can tell you...it allows you to experience a completely different type of wealth. One that money could never buy.
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