What’s a mom worth? Have you ever thought about how much you’d earn for what you actually do in a day?How much is a mom really worth? You'd be surprised. Click To Tweet
Getting up throughout the night to feed a hungry baby, waking up before the sun to squeeze in a workout, packing lunches for your family, rushing off to work, making dinner, shuttling the kids to soccer, ballet, and gymnastics, helping with homework, straightening up around the house…it’s a lot.
“Taking care of a baby requires a woman to do a double shift every day, to be on call for the third shift, to have no days off, no job description and nothing to guide her work,” says Jane Fisher, the Jean Hailes Professor of Women’s Health at Monash University. “There is no occupation equivalent to mothering a baby – it’s permanent, irreversible and constant.”
So, how much is a mom worth? According to a 2015 report on Salary.com, moms should be charging $118,905 a year for their roles as Day Care Center Teacher, CEO, Psychologist, Cook, Housekeeper, Laundry Machine Operator, Computer Operator, Facilities Manager, Janitor and Van Driver.
“We see [Mom] as the compilation of 10 jobs in one person,” said Evilee Ebb, Salary.com’s general manager. “The breadth of Mom’s responsibilities is beyond what most workers could ever experience day-to-day.” Work outside of the home? Add $70,107 to your annual salary for all that you do on top of your other full-time job.
Ask online beauty and lifestyle editor, social media consultant, and author Ty Alexander what a mom is worth, and she’ll tell you it’s much more.
After losing her mother to cancer, the blogger behind GorgeousInGrey.com poured her heart into “Things I Wish I Knew Before My Mom Died: Coping With Loss Every Day,” a “memoir laced with tips on grieving.” Inspired by the emails she received from other women who had also lost their mothers to cancer, Ty “offers comfort, reassurance, and hope” in her debut book.
“My mother was my rock. I ran everything past her. Even if I didn’t do what she suggested (and most times I didn’t), she was the person I bounced my big dreams off of.” says Ty. “She was the one who believed in me the most. No matter how bold and audacious my dreams were, she knew I could do it.”
Filling your children with the belief that they can accomplish anything they set their minds to do? That’s priceless.