The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Annual Expenditures on Children by Family report provides the cost of raising a child from birth to age 17. This year’s total was over 241,000 dollars, and that’s without the costs of pregnancy or college.
Parents are able to boost their kids'
brain power even in their first year of life. In a study of six-year-olds,
children breastfed regularly as infants scored 5% higher on IQ tests than those
who were not. We have three other steps parents can take to raise smarter kids.