Sunday, May 13, 2007

Mother's Day Edition - A Tribute To Mom's Work

When we took an assignment overseas, my wife quit her job and became a stay-at-home spouse. We then returned and had our first child. My wife decided to be a stay-at-home mom. published this provocative article Stay-at-home mom’s work worth $138,095. After spending four days of being an at home parent, while my wife was out of town, I am able to confirm that my daughter's stay-at-home mom is worth every cent, and deserves a raise.

The 10 jobs listed as comprising a mother’s work were housekeeper, cook, day care center teacher, laundry machine operator, van driver, facilities manager, janitor, computer operator, chief executive officer and psychologist. I must admit I only did seven of the jobs during the four days. I shirked my role as housekeeper, cook (we ate pre-prepared foods), and laundry operator.

Truthfully, I do think the article understates the value of a stay-at-home mom. Several jobs, such as nurse, entertainer, project manager, and judge weren't include. Also, another very important job is parenting, which is to develop a productive and contributing adult for the future. The reality is my wife's role as a stay-at-home mom is priceless.

Happy Mother's Day

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Photo Credit:, Clara Natoli

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1 comment:

Holly Schwendiman said...

My husband sent me a text message his first day on the job at lunch time. It read: "Your life is harder than mine." Nothing means as much as being appreciated. I loved your article and sharing the perspective of the value behind moms. ;)

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