I am a stay-at-home, working wife and mother. Every morning I discipline myself to get up, get dressed, pray, and see my husband and children off to work and school. My day starts around 5:30 am. By 8:00 am I’m sprucing up the downstairs portion of the house. The kids usually take care of the upstairs where their bedrooms and bathroom is. Periodically, I do a walk-through just making sure there are no dirty dishes or laundry lying around.
After I’ve taken something out to cook for dinner, my beautiful cherry wood dining table transforms into a working desk equipped with my Hewlett Packard laptop computer, file folders, journals, ledgers and books, books and more books. I am building my online business from the ground up and I put in more hours than the average ‘Joe’. Many days I’m working late in the midnight hours after my family has retired to sleep. Yet I get up the next day and do it all over again.
But today is Saturday and all I’m asking is if I can just sit in bed and ‘do nothing’ today? Building a family, home and a business is not an easy task. Especially if you’re anticipating success. I not only maintain a functioning home front, I attend PTA and SAC meetings, JROTC Drill Team Competitions, my Kauffman Scholar’s mandatory meetings, football games (in season), run unlimited errands for my husband (LOL), teach classes and workshops with the youth of my church and the list goes on and on. Do I ever get tired? YES! But will I ever give up? NO!
To all the working mothers and wives, single or married, I salute you! Do you really know how much you’re worth? Check out this tabulation from mom.salary.com
Are you wondering what mom should be paid for her work as mom? Salary.com has valuated the “mom job” of both the Working and Stay-at-Home Moms! Based on a survey of over 6,500 mothers, Salary.com determined that the time mothers spend performing 10 typical job functions would equate to an annual salary of $115,432 for a stay-at-home mom. Working moms ‘at-home’ salary is $63,472 in 2011; this is in addition to the salary they earn in the workplace.
The job titles that best matched a mom’s definition of her work are (in order of hours spent per week): housekeeper, day care center teacher, cook, computer operator, facilities manager, van driver, psychologist, laundry machine operator, janitor and chief executive officer.
Moms ROCK! So take a Saturday like me and just lie in bed and do nothing (even if it’s for 30 minutes). Maybe one day we’ll get paid what we’re really worth . *Photograph above is courtesy of Google images.com