The Cost of Childhood: A Lesson in Perspective

Has this ever happened in your home? Your child does something they are SO proud of and you respond with “How could you use all the ______?” or “Honey, you just wasted all those ______.” or “Please be more careful! You just made a mess!” It has happened a hundred times in our home. My four year old is particularly creative and uses quite a few resources for her projects. It has become a weekly and sometimes daily issue.

However, as one day I sat thinking about it, I realized that the cost of the materials is so insignificant, especially when seen in comparison to the cost of shattering her excitement at her accomplishments.

To help us all with a little perspective, here’s a breakdown of what the true cost of childhood is:

Unrolling an entire roll of toilet paper–$0.47 per roll

Coloring on computer paper–$.006 per sheet

Using up the crayons–$0.04 per crayon

Spilling the milk as she pours it herself–$

Blowing up and popping the balloons just for fun–$.16 a balloon

Spilling the brand new bottle of bubbles that she was trying to blow for her sisters–$.10

Using up every single piece of sidewalk chalk on a full driveway of drawings–$1

Emptying a roll of tape over the course of several days to create all sorts of clothing creations, wrapped presents, and paper displays–$.50 a roll of tape

Needing a bandaid for every owie, even ones inside her mouth or on her eye–$.09 per bandaid

Her satisfaction at her creativity, her pride with trying something new, her comfort and happiness, her display of pure childhood genius–Priceless

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About Cheri

Hi! I’m Cheri and I’m so excited to be blogging with you! I am a stay at home mom with 4 little girls and one little boy, with another baby girl on the way. We have a third grader, first grader, kindergartner, 3 year old, and 18 month old. So, I guess you can say life is pretty busy. But my heart is even more full than my hands, and I wouldn't change a thing. Like my post? Please comment.
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One Response to The Cost of Childhood: A Lesson in Perspective

  1. Pheobe says:

    This is such a good reminder. I’ve been thinking about this very thing lately. I need to not forget it.

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