About eleven years ago, with the birth of our daughter, my wife quit her job and became an at home mom.
The decision was quite simple actually 1. She wanted to be an at home mom. and 2. I figured out that in order for my wife to keep her job and for us to be able to afford childcare that I would need to take a second job… in other words, I would have to be home less in order to have someone take care of my child. And so, my wife quit her job working with developmentally disabled adults and became an at home mom.
It has not always been easy financially, but on the other hand it has not really been that hard either; it has been a partnership and it has worked.
Being a mom is tough work, and I am sure that being married to me is no easy task either. I have joked with my co-workers that “I don’t know what my wife did today, but I do know that she worked harder than I did.”
Today I came across an article online:
“Stay-at-home mother’s work worth $138,095 a year”
Allow me to share some snippets from the article:
If the typical stay-at-home mother in the United States were paid for her work as a housekeeper, cook and psychologist among other roles, she would earn $138,095 a year, according to research released on Wednesday.
The 10 jobs listed as comprising a mother’s work were housekeeper, cook, day care center teacher, laundry machine operator, van driver, facilities manager, janitor, computer operator, chief executive officer and psychologist, it said.
The typical mother puts in a 92-hour work week, it said, working 40 hours at base pay and 52 hours overtime.
A mother who holds full-time job outside the home would earn an additional $85,939 for the work she does at home….
So the next time you hear someone say, “my mom doesn’t work” please set them straight!
You can read the entire article here.