Why is it that when I watch my own children, clean my own house, make dinner for my own family, or teach my own children the people don't consider me to have a “real job” or be contributing economically? Yet if I was to watch someone else’s children, clean someone else’s house, make someone else’s dinner, or teach someone else’s children people would consider it a “real job” and would easily admit that I was contributing economically.
Does that seem ridiculous to anyone else?
Maybe I should start having my family write me a paycheck every month. Then maybe that would make the work I do in my home “worthwhile” in the eyes of the world?
How much do you think I’d be worth each month as a mother and a wife?
I just read that Salary.com puts out an annual report on what the economic contribution of mothers is. They surveyed thousands of mothers in the US and Canada and chose the top 10 "mom job functions" that mother reported doing daily and matched them to what people doing those jobs for "real jobs" got paid. The ten jobs they based their calculations off of were-- laundry machine operator, janitor, van driver, computer operator, housekeeper, day care center teacher, cook, chief executive officer, psychologist, and facilities manager.
For 2010 they found that the average stay-at-home mother puts in a 99 hour work week and that a working mother puts in 96 hour work week when you combined her full-time job and her mom hours. Based on what this work load would be worth on the "real" economic market they figured that to compensate a stay-at-home mother for the work she does in her home would be an annual salary of $117,856 and for a working mother it would be an additional $71,860 above her regular salary.
That would be $9,821 a month! I'm starting to think that my family probably wouldn’t be able to afford me.