When you are depressed it helps to know how much you are worth.
From a purely worldly view stay-at-home-moms [SAHM] are worth quite a bit.
Here is a quote from The Gazette:
Salary.com, a service that tallies average salaries by occupation, surveyed 40,000 mothers to determine the time they spend performing 10 typical job functions, such as day care teacher, cook, housekeeper and taxi driver. The average pay for those jobs, if someone else was hired for them, equaled $138,095 when you include overtime pay.
To see the Salary.com article click here.
$138,095! That sounds good to me.
An article title The Value of Mothering by Barbara Wylan Sefton has this quote that focuses on just the child care part of being a SAHM.
The largest contribution of the stay-at-home mother is child care. The closest substitute is a full-time, in-home nanny.The Nanny Corporation of Ann Arbor, Michigan reports that compensation for full-time nannies ranges from $7.00 to $12.00 an hour, or $350 to $600 per week. In addition, the employer is responsible for Social Security and medicare taxes, unemployment insurance, and worker’s compensation insurance.
These articles prompted me to start thinking about all the skills a SAHM needs; how bits and pieces of full time jobs pop up every day in a SAHM’s life.
I came up with the following list. If you think of more please add it/them in the comment section.
- Executive Officer/Decision Maker/Manager
- Accountant/money handler
- Personal Shopper
- Entertainer/party planner
- Teacher/etiquette guide/coach
- Counselor/psychologist/Massage therapist
- Stylist – hair and clothes
- Nursing Assistant
No wonder SAHMs end up feeling overwhelmed at times. Plus, how many women went to formal classroom schooling for all of those subjects? Who did we learn them from? Our mothers!