Stay-At-Home Moms

In Spirit Renewal by Rachel Schultz

Stay-At-Home Moms


“$138,095 – What stay-at-home mom should be earning each year, based on the median national salary for the various jobs she performs, from cook to day-care teacher to psychologist.”

–Newsweek, May 14, 2007

How much are stay-at-home mom’s worth? Quite a bit by today’s market standards. But, as a whole, society doesn’t seem to value the idea. Some see women as failing to achieve their potential when they remove themselves from the work place. Most 20 and 30-year olds realize it is the early years after college when careers are established and relationships cemented that can lead to bigger and better jobs. Many argue, “how can you put your kids over your career? After they are grown and gone you’ll still have to work! What are you going to do, work at Wal-Mart?”

Others realize that raising kids cannot be compared to any other job. Do you really want someone else forming your child’s character, which experts say is pretty much established by age 7? Do you really want your child to form that special bond with a child-care professional instead of you?

A recent report by National Public Radio states that more and more women are opting to keep their careers while they stay at home with their kids. The Internet has opened up many possibilities for moms who want to work that didn’t exists 20 years ago.

When you consider what moms are worth to their kids, there isn’t enough pay or fringe benefits to off-set the loss of not being at home.

Listen to NPR’s report

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