The subject of cost has been briefly touched upon under other headings.  The cost of keeping (perhaps the wrong word – it implies a choice) a Small is high.  Frighteningly high.  In fact a report at the time of typing estimated the cost of raising a child to the age of 21 in the UK at roughly £230,000.

This is worrying.  I have three Smalls so, according to those estimates, I will need to spend £690,000 on them.  Based on current household income figures we are not going to have enough to raise them, let alone pay for everything else, like the house and the cars and the dogs and the cat and the guinea pigs and the rabbits.  Or to feed and clothe ourselves come to that.

I can only hope that either the figures are a gross exaggeration, using every possible maximum for each category, or we benefit from a sudden windfall.  If not then it is back to Victorian principles: we will have to sell off the least favoured Small as a chimney sweep.  The cat can go too, there’s a taker and not a giver if ever I saw one.

Not so much a parenting guide full of advice, more the reality of parenting kids and being a house husband and father, written by a stay at home dad to three children.

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