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Assigning a dollar value to the work of stay at home mothers

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Stay at home mothers, the world over, do so much on a daily basis for their children and families. They wear many hats and do several more jobs than the average working adult. If stay at home mothers were to receive a salary, how much would they make?

According to a survey done by Salary.com, for all the work they do and all the hours that they put in, moms would make an average of $115,000 (around $40,000 base salary and $80,000 in overtime).

Stay at home mothers don’t have it easy. Some have the idea that stay at home moms sit around all day watching tv and vegging out. Being a stay at home mom is a full-time job. According to Evilee Ebb, general manager of Salary.com, “We see [Mom] as the compilation of 10 jobs in one person. The breadth of Mom’s responsibilities is beyond what most workers could ever experience day-to-day. Imagine if you had to attract and retain a candidate to fill this role?”

Truly, all of the work that mothers do is extensive and commonly overlooked. Mothers can take on any number of the following jobs:

Housekeeper

Cook

Day Care Teacher

Facilities Manager

Computer Operator

Psychologist

Janitor

Van Driver

Laundry Machine Operator

CEO

Administrative Assistant

Bookkeeper

Event Planner

General Maintenance Worker

Groundskeeper

Interior Designer

Logistics Analyst

Nutritionist

Plumber

Nurse

Mothers take on so much. The average working adult works somewhere between 34 and 47 hours a week. Unlike stay at home moms, once they day is over, normal workers can go home at the end of the day and leave their respective jobs behind until the next day. Stay at home moms are on duty 24/7. On average, mothers work 97 hours a week (40 regular hours plus 57 hours overtime).

Stay at home moms provide so much for their children. But the value of stay at home mothers extends farther than a dollar value will ever be able to reach. Stay at home mothers are priceless. Beyond maintaining a home and helping to take care of the temporal side of raising a family, mothers fulfill needs of her children that no one else can come close to filling in the same way.

Being a stay at home mom benefits the mother, the children and the relationship of the parents. For the mother, there is no more rewarding job. Although it may be the hardest job to undertake, being a full-time mother is rewarding beyond any other career. Stay at home mothers get to be there during the most crucial few years of their children’s lives. They get to witness all of the firsts, including their first smile, first time crawling, first steps, first words and all the other precious moments. In spending so much time with their kids, stay at home mothers know their kids more than anyone else and have an irreplaceable bond with them.

The benefits for children when their mothers stay home full-time are immeasurable. Kids are more comfortable around their parents. Having a mom around all day creates more stability in kids lives. Having one person consistently there to set down a routine and to discipline regularly generates a security and safety provided in the bounds of constancy. A large amount of social, cognitive, emotional, and spiritual development of children happens during the first five years of life. That development, when nurtured and tenderly cared for by parents, is monumental. Children raised in homes with both a full-time mother and a father that is present in their lives are more likely to succeed.

There are a lot of benefits to relationships between fathers and mothers as well. Instead of trying to do the household chores and other necessities after work, parents can spend time together. There is no bickering about who needs to miss work when a kid is sick, and as you both work together to take care of the children after the work day is over you grow closer together as a couple.

In general, there is the relief in mothers knowing their children are in responsible and safe hands. Mothers are aware of every detail of their children’s lives. Although there will undoubtedly be other influences in their lives, there is peace of mind to be found knowing who the main influence present in the children’s lives.

In an article on the pros and cons of staying home written by babycenter.com, Margie Johnson, who’s been a stay-at-home mom for 24 years with seven kids, says staying home has fulfilled her more than anything else could. “It’s the most rewarding ‘career’ you could ever have,” she says. “You’re irreplaceable to your child, and you’re making an ongoing personal investment that will outlive you.”

The value of stay at home mothers is evident through financial estimations, and also through the benefits reported by mothers and children.

For further reading, check out these links!

Why Stay-at-Home Parents Are Good for Older Children

Staying at Home: Pros and Cons

Moms: Working Vs. Staying Home

Forbes: Why Moms Would Earn $115,000

Cost to Replace Your Mom

Salary.com: What Mom is Worth

 

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