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May 03, 2005

What if stay-at-home parents were paid...

From Salary.com:

Stay-at-home mothers wear many hats. They're the family CEO, the day care provider, accountant, chauffeur, counselor, chef, nurse, laundress, entertainer, personal stylist, and educator. Based on a 100-hour work week, Salary.com has estimated that a fair wage for the typical stay-at-home mom would be $131,471 for executing all of her daily tasks.

"Mothers are responsible for the mental and physical well being of the family - putting a price on that isn't easy," said Lena Bottos, compensation market analyst for Salary.com. "But we looked at it as what you would have to pay other people to do the same work if the mom weren't there."

Even if these mothers were getting paid what they'd be worth on the market, Bottos added that they still wouldn't be adequately compensated. "When you take into account that it represents a 100-hour work-week, and doesn't even begin to factor in that they are on call 24 hours a day, it's not so large. Plus, stay-at-home moms get no benefits in terms of pension or 401(k)."

Please note my offense at the article mentioning only stay-at-home moms. As a stay-at-home dad I'd like to think we're worth as much. Since I also homeschool the cost of private school tuition for four kids would be added.

The reality is we stay-at-home dads are seen as bums who are exploiting our wives while we goof off. Never mind that the same amount of stuff gets done at home as in the homes of stay-a-home moms, we're bums. Of course, it doesn't escape many stay-at-home moms that if stay-at-home dads are looked down on in such a way, the “compliments” stay-at-home moms receive, ring pretty hollow. If the work is of value, what difference does the type of plumbing make?

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Posted by Danny Carlton at May 3, 2005 10:31 AM

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