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Maclean's The Unaffordable Baby Issue

I picked up the most recent copy of Maclean’s Magazine because of the shocking cost they associated with raising a baby in Canada.

The headline makes it look like it costs $677,952.99 to raise a baby in Canada.  I had to read this since I’ve seen this number to be pegged around $100,000 from multiple sources including the Fraser Institute who reports that it costs $72,000 to raise a child to 18 years old.

So why was Maclean’s staggering number of close to a three quarter of a million dollars?

They looked at both the cost to raise a child and the $108,000 in lost earnings associated with a parent leaving the work force, the $280,000 lost investment income, the $70,000 worth of daycare costs until the age of five, the $35,000 average cost of activities over 18 years, the $110,000 college tuition costs and so much more.

Once you’re all said and done, according to this Maclean’s article you’re looking at close to $700,000 in costs to raise a child to 18, nearly $900,000 to raise a child to age 22 and well over $1 million if you have two kids.

I do not have any children so I cannot report any personal experience but I tend to believe that the true cost to raise kids of much more than the $72k that The Fraser Institute reports.

One thing I know doesn’t need to cost a lot is high quality kids television programming. This wasn’t always the case, I’m sure my parent’s were the only ones spending $25 for a VHS of the Lion King, Aladin and many more Disney and kid friendly titles.

With the shift to online streaming it’s now possible to get quality content for less than $10 per month. Both Netflix and Hulu have kid friendly sections of their streaming services where you can find lots of great content each for only $7.99/month:

Hulu Kids
Netflix Kids

Again, I don’t have kids, but the biggest problem that I see with the kids content from Netflix and Hulu is that with one click of the mouse, one tap of the finger on the iPad or iPhone they are back to watching a marathon session of Breaking Bad on Netflix.

Breaking Bad on Netflix

I don’t know about you, but when I have kids I’m not going to play Russian Roulette with their innocent and impressionable minds by allowing them full access to stream any show they want, or accidentally stream, on Netflix, Hulu or other online streaming services.

If I had kids today, I would only be letting them watch a new offering by a Calgary-based startup group called Kidoodle.tv.

Kidoodle.TV

Kidoodle is FREE For a Limited Time

Kidoodle.tv just opened up a free beta version of their site that I recommend you sign up for.

After the beta period, the small investment to access age appropriate, non-violent, no nudity, ad-free kids content will be only $4.99/month.

One huge benefit, as a parent who is concerned about what their son or daughter is able to watch, is that Kidoodle.tv offers you as the parent full control over what your kids will be watching and even how long they can watch.

Kidoodle TV Parents Room

I remember when my brother and I got the original Nintendo way back in the day, our parents gave us coupons that we could cash in for playing time.  The system worked for a few days and then stopped being an effective way of limiting the time we spend playing video games because it required constant monitoring for our parents.  There are no break downs with kidoodle’s parent’s room meaning that the limits you set will remain in force and will work.

With the Parent’s Room at Kidoodle you’re able to pick and choose the various shows you want your son or daughter to be able to access or not.  Plus you can set time limits so your kids can’t stay up all night huddled under their blankets with the iPad watching show after show after show.

Kidoodle-TV-on-off

Even more importantly than the Parent’s Room, Kidoodle.TV only has programming that is age appropriate.  What this means is that no matter where your kids gets to on Kidoodle’s site they will never have to watch Walter White cook meth or blow up a drug kingpin with a homemade pipe bomb.

Even though I do not have any kids myself, I do plan on keeping my Kidoodle.tv account after the free beta period as I do have a nearly two year old niece who, I’m sure, will love being able to watch some kid-friendly programming on the iPad mini while her parent’s are over here visiting.

The Cost of 12 Years of Kidoodle.TV

From the parents room above it appear that the kids programming at Kidoodle is suited for children all the way up to the age of 12.

The very affordable investment of $4.99/month for quality, and safe kids, programming works out to be $59.88/year.  After 12 years of your kids enjoying many hours of Kidoodle.TV, you’re looking at a cost of only $718.56.  Which, when you compare it to the $35,000 in activities or the $70,000 in daycare costs it’s just a small fraction of those bigger expenses.

Who know, maybe you can even start a side business and make back some of the $108,000 in lost earnings or the $280,000 in lost investment income while your son or daughter is enjoying quality kids TV programming brought to you by kidoodle.TV.

If you have kids I really recommend that you check out the free beta while you can.  If you aren’t a parent, please copy the web address to this post and send them a short personal email telling them that there is a new “kid” in town when it comes to high quality kids programming.

Click here for more info on Kidoodle.TV

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