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Priceless Motherhood
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One hundred thirty eight thousand and ninety five dollars! That’s a lot of money, and according to a recent report by Salary.com, that’s the amount of wages that would be assigned to a stay-at-home mom based on the jobs that she performs in a normal week.

For the Salary.com survey, more than 40,000 moms quantified their hours per job description; the web site then benchmarked the median salaries for each job to the national median salary for each position as reported by employers. The final salary was calculated by weighing the salaries and hours worked in each role.1

Some of the roles that she fulfills include janitor, day care center teacher, cook, computer tutor and operator, housekeeper, early childhood psychologist, van driver, and CEO.  Averages of 52 hours of overtime are logged each week for the stay-at-home mom, and she rarely gets a break from the action.

Exhausting Path

Most logical people who would never consider a position like this might pause to wonder why a woman would choose such an exhausting path. For those who have taken this time honored vocation seriously the answer is clear; “because my children are worth it!” 

The sacrifices (both financial and personal) are no doubt many, and dealing with children all day, every day has its daunting moments. The rewards however can be immeasurable!  For thousands of stay-at-home mothers, a smile from the happy face of a little one who finally reaches her goal of potty training, or the shrieks of delight that accompany a first ride without training wheels cannot be replaced by a steady paycheck. Most of them agree that they’d rather spend time with their children than have all the material amenities that life has to offer.

Admittedly, not every mother has the luxury of indulging her desire to stay at home. Many simply cannot exercise this option. But until society finds a way to pay moms what they’re worth, there will be women who will place such a high priority on being with their kids, that everything else is secondary. If that person happens to be you, and you sometimes feel like you’re not appreciated, take heart and remember the salary that you should be making. Your decision is valid, and the payoff is worth it.

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