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The Cost Of A Child And The Impact They Have On Dads Work Lives

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WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- You can't put a pricetag on your child, but you can put one on raising them.

A child born in 2011 will cost its parents $235,000 over 17 years. Nearly 1/3 of that goes to housing, $38,000 to food and $41,000 to education.

The Department of Agriculture came out with these figures. The overall cost jumped $8,000 over 2010.

Besides the financial cost of raising a child, there's the impact kids have on our professional lives. More fathers are feeling that impact, according to a new survey by our partners at Career Builder. 

In that survey, 43 percent of men who've become fathers in the last three years say they didn't take any paternity leave, and 47 percent of men who took some time off said they felt pressured by work to come back early. Thirty five percent of working dads say if their significant other made enough money to support the family then they would be a stay-at-home dad. While 33 percent of working dads say they would take a pay cut if it meant more quality time at home.

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