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Stay-at-home Moms: Priceless

Jul 3, 2008
Imagine a job where when duty calls you have to be on point. Up and ready for the days up and down in's and out and whatever twist and turns can occur and believe me they will. You have to be willing to roll your sleeves up and get down to the nitty gritty. You cant be afraid to get dirty or smelly. And guess what? This is the life of everyday stay at home moms.

Opinions vary regarding what would comprise of a realistic income for stay-at-home moms. There are many opinions about whether being a stay-at-home mom should be classified as employment, in part due to the absence of usual employment perks, such as vacations, benefits, and break-times. I, myself, hold the view that being a stay-at-home mom is a very real job. In many ways it is more demanding than any other job there is. The boss here is the little one, dictating through tears and howls or pulls at your clothing when it is time to eat, time to sleep, time to play. And this doesn't get put on hold while managing the laundry, cleaning the house, paying bills, or doing any of the other duties affiliated with running a household. All those other obligations need to be juggled around the demands for attention, the diaper changes, the feedings, storytime, and doctor visits. The list could go on and on.

Although some believe this to be easy work, but transplant one corporate woman into the home for entire day of childcare and household workings, and odds are good she'd run more than happily back to the office the following day! In the corporate world, the woman's needs come first, but at home, the child's needs are prevelant. This is a day in, day out position and it's demands are endless. The job isn't complete when the clock draws upon a certain hour. This job is for life.

So here we are back to the main question. What is a realistic income for a stay at home mom? Lets see. When you are a stay at home mom there is no handing off a task to someone else to help you do or asking co workers what could be done to make it better. Instead, you are the main counsel. All decision get their final answer from you. There is no outside resources or getting permission from your supervisor or waiting for that important phone call from the major client. Instead all you do revolves around your children. What will they eat, what will they do today, who has practice or dance class, who has a doctors appointment or who has to go see the dentist.

Stay-at-home moms are miracle-workers by their own right. There are no clerks to make phone calls (to the doctor), no cleaning service that comes in and performs miracles after everyone else leaves. No catering service to tend to nutrition, no organization team. The innumerable roles in the outside world they fill in their seemingly large inner world would have to include plumber, maid, cook, banker, accountant, teacher, nursemaid, student, waitress, driver, nurse, and problem solver. Certainly, one can easily call to mind other roles as well. And in addition to all these talents and abilities, these same stay-at-home moms who do countless things each day change hats and become wives as well.

So yeah we don't have to punch in at 9 and punch out at 5 or drive through grid lock traffic and deal with deadlines or bosses breathing done our necks. But our days start before 9 and never end at 5. We kept going and going until at least half of what we planned on doing for the day is done. We don't get all dressed up in our uniforms or put on business suits. But i would pick my outfit over any suit any day. It may not be as glamorous or luxurious. But its me. I would pick my sweats or jeans and a T-shirt over any designer suit.

Perhaps some think it possible to perform typical job duties to enhance the income of the household while at home with children. However, the reality is that in all likelihood, the income that might be earned would be less than it would cost to pay another for childcare for the entire week. The time it would take to earn anything substantial while being a stay-at-home mom would hardly be worth it. Stay-at-home moms learn that five minutes to relax with a good cup of tea takes precedence over any amount of money they could earn in those sacred five minutes that come too seldom.

In my opinion, about $15,000 per year, or more, depending on the number of children at home, would be somewhat of a realistic income for a stay-at-home mom. Some may argue, finding this amount to be too excessive. But even moms like to feel pampered from time to time, to be tended to, rather than always performing the tending. We like to smell nice and maybe even get a very rare afternoon to have lunch with the girls. We have to feel good about ourselves in order to do the fantastic job we do, rearing the world's future generation. Of course, the best form of payment is the daily kind: watching our kids grow, and being there with them, every step of the way. But still, a bit of monetary recognition wouldn't hurt either. Let's hear from all the stay-at-home moms and those who love them who agree.
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