It seems that as part of the new Democrat package of tax cuts our leaders are proposing doubling the Child Tax Credit for a child's (natural or adopted) first year. The rational is that this would offset the higher costs of raising a child in the first year. I think Congress has it wrong. It has long been a complaint from my clients that they lose the credit just when the kids get really expensive. It seems to me that the CTC should be expanded to the age of 19 (just like dependent exemption). If the goal is to help ease the financial burden, then let's ease the real burden. Yes a newborn is expensive. But let's face it, it is the first year that everyone goes ga-ga and there are friends and family willing to give you baby stuff. But by the time that cute baby becomes a teen, everyone has disappeared. No one is cooing and buying the child car insurance, those high dollar shoes or the latest MP3 player. If our leaders want to really help families, then expand the Child Tax Credit and give the parents of older teens a break.