Sagarin . wrote:
If you are that worried about it, move back in with your parents or move to France or some other European country.
Huh? Sagarin, usually you make sense but not this time. Perhaps you were replying to someone else?
To the other posters: I've got the health care/college thing already figured out and covered. I just assumed all the other stuff would still be somewhat expensive too but I keep coming up with a cost of about and additional 7k per year (and it even includes some travel and camps). I assumed it would be about an additional 25-30k based on what I've randomly heard from people. A lot of people here have mentioned day care /nanny costs. That's probably what gets that number up. At 6, he would be going to first grade in a public school and in the late afternoons I have people I trust (who also have kids he would play with) who could pick him up til I get back. I've factored in babysitting costs though (I still want a little social life. I do have a girlfriend too).
Father of 2, I live in Seattle too. I'm glad I wouldn't have to do the day care thing. I've heard Seattle is very over priced in that arena (as well as many other things).
As for why I might be taking on a 6 year old? Well, it's a sad story that I don't feel at liberty to divulge at the moment.