Could you afford your Mom? The value of a Mother’s job

For some, the idea of being a mother and a housewife is about the is about the lowest position a person could be humbled into.  In fact, I just read a quote from Dawn Johnson, President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel. When Johnsen worked at the pro-abortion group NARAL (National Abortion Rights Action League), she filed a brief with a footnote that said forcing a woman to bear a child when she didn’t want to was “disturbingly suggestive of involuntary servitude.”

In spite of the growing cultural opposition to motherhood, today we have celebrated and honored those women who have unselfishly given of their time, their money, their emotions and their hearts to bring up and nurture children to become productive adults members of society.  For the past eight years, Salary.com has broken down the tasks involved in mothering and has assigned a monetary value to each aspect to come up with a Mom job description and equivalent market wage.

The job titles that best matched a mom’s definition of her work in both the U.S. and Canada are (in order of hours spent per week) housekeeper, day care center teacher, cook, laundry machine operator, computer operator, psychologist, facilities manager, van driver, chief executive officer and janitor.  A Salary Wizard has even been set up so each family can customize the number of children, your location, and the exact number of hours you spend on each task.

So, how much is a Mom worth?  Just based on the 10 main portions of the job, the average for a stay-at-home mother is $122,000.  Hmmm.  Not bad.  Better actually than my husband made in his peak year before retirement.  Multiply that by 18 years minimum for one child is a cool 2.2 million.  (My friend who had a 21 year old when her last baby was born would get to multilply by 40 years, plus a differential for a total of 6 children, should come to over $5,000,000.)

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