Thursday, February 23, 2012

What You're Really Worth

I've said it before, and I will say it again – us stay-at-home moms are highly undervalued. Once we tie the knot, put on wedding bands, and have kids, our value is often greatly underestimated in terms of dollar amounts, and many wonder why we don't just get careers.

Well, I'm here to breakdown that myth, and prove that stay-at-home moms are actually worth more in their dollar amount than a working mom.

An average stay-at-home mom works a whopping 96.6 hours a week – that's nearly double what any husband works. In addition to working 40 normal working hours and 56.6 hours of overtime, the average stay-at-home takes on not just one job, but the jobs of approximately 10 other positions:

Housekeeper: The general task of simply being a housekeeper alone take on average 15.4 hours of our week, each week, and we often spend those hours simply keeping the house in some vague form of order. For our time alone, we should be compensated $10,200.

Personal Chef: Kids have to be fed, and because of it, we are often preparing separate meals to appease picky palates. Just over 14 hours a week are spent in the kitchen, and if we really were gainfully employed chefs, we could expect $12,500 annually for our work.

Janitor: As moms, when aren't we cleaning? As we aren't trying to get the kitchen back in order, then we are trying to clean up the latest mess the kids just made. We spend nearly 7.8 hours a week dedicated solely to janitorial duties, and if we were regularly employed could expect $5,100 annually from that amount of work.

Chauffeur: Whether it be to school or to soccer practice, we spend an awful lot of time driving our kids around. 7.8 hours to be exact, and for that driving, we would normally expect to be compensated $7,700 annually.

Psychologist: Really, when aren't we giving someone positive life advice? According to the national average, we spend a little more than 7 hours a week doing so, and annually those hours add up to $18,700 a year. Not too bad, for being a life coach.

CEO: There is no denying that we are in charge in our own homes. We run and manage nearly everything. Our particular CEO duties cost us about 3.9 hours each week, and come with an annual salary of $16,200.

Other positions we hold include facilities manager, daycare teacher, computer operator, and laundry machine operator. These positions combined require a whopping 40 additional extra hours of our week, and offer an annual salary of $47,600. In total, that means us stay-at-home moms should make $115,432 a year!

The average working mom – with professional and at-home responsibilities combined – only brings in $63,472! That means that stay-at-home moms are worth $51,960 more than their working counterparts.

Not too bad if I say so myself. Too bad we will never see a dime of that! However, that doesn't mean that I may not gloat about how much I am worth from time to time.

Guest post written by Jenna Smith.  For more information on this kind of post, please read my disclosure statement. Registered & Protected


Nezzy said...

Absolutely Miss Jenna, the job of a stay at home mom has got to be the most undervalued, most important job in the world.

You put it well girlfriend!!!

Miss Helene, thanks so much for havin' Jenna over.

There is not enough money in Fort Knox to pay your dedicated sweet Mama's what your worth. Your all treasures!!!

God bless and ya'll have one terrific day!!! :o)

HoneyDame said...

LMAO....Love Love Loving it!!! Toot your horn Helene, toot it!
Your last post was so touching. Bella is going to be a great adult. I have no doubts about it. I hope and pray that she continues to have that strength to deal with life's issues.

MandyE (Twin Trials and Triumphs) said...

I maintain there is a sizable investment component in our worth, too...think of the earning potential our well-groomed children will have as they become brilliant contributors to society.

I'm still not holding my breath waiting on a check, though...HA!

Ms Bibi said...

I love this post....well said. Maybe one of these years some government will actually agree that stay at home moms are the best investment for the future and economy and they will actually start paying SAHM benefits.

I am sure it won't be in my life time, but I wouldn't have it any other way....well, maybe presenting hubs with my annual bill,lol

Samantha said...

I've read this before, as far as our jobs and how much each of our jobs are worth. It's a great reminder for when I"m feeling down on myself :)

Anonymous said...

I really loved this post. I even emailed my husband how much I should make!

Di said...

I'm a working Mom so I could use all this on top of my income. Preferably with benefits since most nights I finally get to sit down and relax around 9:30 or 10 at night!

Barbara said...

I'm with Di on this one. I need to add this all on to my regular income. Although since I am now going on week 10 of my maternity leave, I think that I could definitely use an assistant, preferably one who can do the ironing!

LauraC said...

Totally with you... until you said SAHMs are more than their working mom counterparts.

Working moms have to do this stuff too. We have to clean the house, cook, drive our kids around, listen to their problems, laundry, and manage the household. All of this doesn't magically disappear because we're at an office all day. Instead it is done at night and on weekends.

I've seen this type of post before and I'd love to see it modified to address that ALL PARENTS are doing the work of multiple "jobs." It's just the work of raising children, independent of whether or not we work outside the home or not.

irishtwinsmommababybook said...

Love this! I've read something similar and our old day care provider had one similar. Maybe this needs to be printed, laminated and posted in a couplw of places in our homes. :)

SRM said...

I always love seeing posts like this. I love to print them out and shhow them to my husband and giggle.

this is a great boost for the morale of us moms. =)

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...


Xazmin said...

We ARE worth so much!

This reminds me of the episode of Everybody Loves Raymond when ray made the mistake of saying he "made the money" in the family.

He woke up to an itemized list of all of Debra's charges. It was hilarious.

Kimberly said...

Think of all the shoes I could buy with that kind of wage!!

Lauren said...

I agree with LauraC, with you until "SAHM are more than their working mom counterparts"

I have to work, my poor husband has been taking paycut after paycut for the past 4 years (so thankful he is still employed in this economy). Most weeks are normal 40 hour weeks but every now and then I have to work 50 hours.

On top of that laundry still needs to be done, the house cleaned, the kids and pets taken care of, grocery store stops, etc.

I agree that SAHM are undervalued but so are working moms that do everything SAHMs do plus work 40 hours a week not including commute time.

Rhiannon said...

Preach! Amen sister

Belinda said...

I agree until you said that Stay at Home Moms are worth more than working moms. Try thorwing an extra 40-50 hours per week on top of all the other stuff. Plus a week or two of travel per month. All Moms are undervalued. We are all working moms!! :)

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