I, of course, am not a stay-at-home mom… I’m more of a leave-the-house-at-5-am-and-be-able-to-pick-baby-up-by-2pm sort of mom, sprinkled with a generous helping of a second (work-from-home) job in the gaps where I can breathe.
On those days that I actually have a day off from “work”, I think I’ve minimally uttered the phase “I wish I was a stay-at-home-mom”… and here’s why (okay, so don’t hate me if this doesn’t come out correctly!): it’s tough work!!! It’s definitely not for everyone.
Personally, I’ve fought with bouts of depression and stir-craziness in the times that I was off from work (jobby-job work) because, for one, at first I felt tied-down to the house as it was too complicated (in my mind) to shuffle “Bebe” around, so more times than not I would opt to stay in. My choice, I realize.
Secondly, it was tough for me to not be around adults for long stretches of time, and only have conversations that consisted of “goo” “gah” “bah” and spurts of crying (both him and me). I need a little break every once in a while. (And I commend single moms out there – WOW I don’t know how you do it!! You’re angels.)
Anyways, Salary.com recently calculated their annual average of what a stay-at-home mom’s job is worth –if it were a paying job. At 97+ hours/week of work, as cooks, housekeepers, day care teachers, laundry operators, van drivers, psychologists, etc… everything that a mom IS… ball park salary? $113,568.
One-hundred-thirteen. Thousand. Dollars.
[cough] Whaaaaaaa? Don’t we moms (and dads, not dis-including you – this is just about the moms right now) do all of these things anyways, but on top of our other jobs? Yeah. And most of us are not getting even getting close to this amount in our 9-to-5’s. What is up with THAT?
A working mom’s salary was far less than this – in the $67,000/yr range – which is rationalized with the fact that mom’s aren’t around the house to be working as many hours there on all those piles of laundry, dirty dishes, rides to the doctor, etc. And if I do say so myself, that’s still well above any yearly salary I’ve ever had.
Yes we all, working and Stay-at-home moms alike, get paid in affection and memories that could never be replaced with money. But oh what we could DO with an extra $113K every year!!
(The Stir: http://bit.ly/1gjX0tc)