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Posted: 02-May-2005, 06:19 AM
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Here's an early Happy Mother's Day to all of you Moms out there. We couldn't make it without you.


By Jessica Wohl
Sun May 1, 8:19 AM ET

The old adage that "a mother's work is never done" remains as true now as ever. Today's stay-at-home Moms are learning what their predecessors always knew -- they'd be making a lot of money doing their job outside the home.

Just in time for Mother's Day, an informal study conducted by Web site Salary.com shows that stay-at-home moms would earn an average of $131,471 annually, including overtime, if they received a paycheck.

A sampling of the 5.4 million stay-at-home mothers were asked to come up with job titles that fit a general description of their daily routines.

The titles -- which reflected the most time-consuming parts of their day -- include day-care center teacher, van driver, housekeeper, cook, chief executive officer, nurse and general maintenance worker, the survey showed.

Of course, a stay-at-home parent does not work typical office hours. The hypothetical median salary is based on a 100-hour work week and assumes caring for at least two children of school age.

"The importance of this calculation or this estimate is just calling attention to the fact that being a stay-at-home mom is not a cop out, it's not the woman's way out of the workforce and it's not a job of no value," said Bill Coleman, senior vice president of compensation at Salary.com. "There is a lot of value there, and some would say it's even priceless."

Salary.com, which tracks what jobs pay, suggested that the annual base pay for a 40-hour stay-at-home mom's workweek would be $43,461. Mothers would earn an additional $88,009 a year for 60 hours of overtime each week.

"I think I should definitely make that much," said Joanna Butti, who stays at home to care for her twin boys. "It's a hard job."

Coleman said feedback on the figure was mixed. Some felt mothers deserved more, some less. In general, though, many were pleased to see a figure above $100,000.

"Stay-at-home moms are enthusiastic and upbeat about their jobs, they didn't seem to need external validation," Coleman told Reuters. "They were also happy that they were getting attention, and that somebody was out there telling the world that what they do is valuable, and perhaps more valuable than one would expect."

Mothers said you cannot attach a figure to the time spent with their kids.

"I'm giving 150 percent of myself to them many hours a day," said Debra Miley, who stays home with two-year old daughter Olivia and four-month old son Gregory. "You cannot attach a dollar value to the time that you spend nurturing your child if you're lucky enough to be a stay-at-home mom."


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Posted: 02-May-2005, 04:22 PM
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I want to send a thank you out there to all of the mothers or mothers to be. I know that being a mother is more than just a full time job. Thank you for all of the sacrifices that you make everyday for your children. It takes the children sometime to realize all that a mother does and if at this moment you are not getting the thanks from your children you will in time. I know that it took me time to figure out what my parents were really doing when they raised my siblings and myself and I finally realize what mothers really do for their children. I want to make up for lost time when I was to busy running around in diapers to realize that I was really keeping my mother up and Thank all the mothers out there that their children are still running around in their dippers to realize what a great mom they have. Happy Mother's Day!

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Many thanks,Shamalama.  Always nice to know that we are appreciated!! biggrin.gif

I agree, but am also very thankful to be able to stay home with our girls. That's a real blessing, too!

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