Have you seen this article yet? According to research, if stay-at-home moms received a salary, they’d be making $138,095 per year! Wowza, right?

I have a problem with this “research” for several reasons. First off, I hope no one spent money to conduct this research. I mean, really. What’s the purpose? As if stay-at-home moms would ever get paid? Not likely. I guess if their husbands made a boat load of money, perhaps they could use this article to somehow convince them to be paid for staying home. Again, not likely. Unfortunately.

But the real problem I have is that it’s just silly. According to the article, 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. They calculated hourly salaries for each of these professions and then determined that a typical mother puts in 92 hours per week … 40 hours at base pay, and 52 at overtime. What CEO makes $138,000 per year? Maybe in small-town USA, but the average salary for a CEO in the U.S. is much higher … so this research isn’t even crediting stay-at-home-moms properly.

Based on this logic, my part-time job as human resource manager coupled with my full-time job as mom would earn me over a cool mill per year. Because not only am I a housekeeper, cook, day care center teacher, laundry machine operator, (car) driver, facilities manager, janitor, computer operator, CEO and psychologist, I am also a counselor, attorney, trainer, compensation specialist, recruiter, writer, professional speaker, photographer, event planner, volunteer coordinator, and fund-raiser.

As in most professions, would the stay-at-home fathers earn more? And if so, why?

And actually, now that I think about it, this silly “research” didn’t even capture all of the jobs that truly comprise of a mother’s work, now did it? They certainly forgot a few … nurse, dish washer, event planner. Help me out here, I know you can think of others they failed to mention …

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