November 1, 2012 by Heather
I’m fairly certain that if being a stay-at-home-mom was a “real” job, I would have called in to work today and taken myself a personal day. A mental health day, if you will.
Here is a little article from this month’s Real Simple magazine that greatly affirmed my maternal self-worth, but also depressed me a bit:
The yearly salary a 2012 stay-at-home mom would earn (that is, if she were paid), as determined by the career-advice website Salary.com. The income was calculated by combining the average wages, plus overtime, for the jobs a mom typically performs, including laundress, janitor, driver, cook, facilities manager, psychologist, and CEO (of the household). The results also showed that the average stay-at-home mom works a grueling 94.7-hour week and would make an average of $22.94 an hour. (source)
On a related note, I think next year for Halloween I shall dress up as a “laundress.” I did not even know that was a real word.
P.S. Does anyone else get a real kick out of being asked if “Staying home is all you do?” Or “Do you just watch (insert child’s name here)?” I like to smile and say, “Why yes, that is all I do,” while thinking all sorts of awful other things I could say.