Well since I won’t be here Sunday…I hope you all have got your mom’s something for Mother’s Day…or at least give her a call…and for you mom’s who are here…Happy Mother’s Day to you…
What’s a mother’s work worth? Plenty
Moms work hard. Ask any mother you know, even your own, sheâ€™ll give you an ear full.
The â€œlaundryâ€ list of Mom jobs isnâ€™t limited to laundry. It is literally bursting with tasks: cooking, cleaning, baby diapering, or if the kids are older, taxi service. The list goes on and on and on.
But until now, there was no way to quantify that work â€“ to put a dollar value on it. Fear not. Someone has done just that … and just in time for Motherâ€™s Day, which for all you procrastinators, arrives in exactly one week. So get Mom something nice.
THE STUDY, courtesy of the folks at salary.com, received a motherlode of attention last week. It was the talk of the morning news shows and was picked up by the wire services, meaning it was in most of the papers, too.
And, what did we learn from it? That stay-at-home moms would earn $134,121 annually if they were paid for all their work. Moms who work outside the home would earn an extra $85,876 if paid for their â€œsecond careers.â€
Stay-at-home moms reported spending 91.6 hours a week caring for home, hearth and preschoolers. Working moms spent an average of 44 hours a week at their outside jobs and 49.8 hours doing a harried imitation of June Cleaver. No report on how much Dad is helping out.
THIS ISNâ€™T exactly news to those of us who have been laboring in the trenches. Whether one works outside the home or not, motherhood is (as they used to say about the Army) the toughest job, youâ€™ll ever love.
In the quest to quantify a motherâ€™s work, the study looked at similar â€œpaidâ€ jobs. Some of those positions included janitor, cook, housekeeper, van driver, computer operator, laundry machine operator, daycare teacher and psychologist â€“ among others. No wonder Iâ€™m tired, although they forgot to put chief dog walker on the list. How much would that add to the total?
The curious can grab a mouse and head to mom.salary.com to see how their daily duties stack up to the national average. Youâ€™ve can even print out a special paycheck for Mom at no cost or buy her a robotic vacuum cleaner if youâ€™re so inclined. Perhaps selling odd-looking vacuums that suck up the dust bunnies under the bed on their own is the purpose of the mom salary calculator.
The salary.com folks arenâ€™t the only ones attempting to capitalize on Motherâ€™s Day. Television commercials are hawking all the standard Mom gifts â€“ jewelry, flowers, clothes, spa treatments.
BUT THE ODDEST Motherâ€™s Day-related message that popped into my inbox in recent days came from Moveon.org â€“ a left-leaning grassroots political action group. The folks at Moveon.org want to organize Moms into a political force to be reckoned with. Their cause cÃ©lÃ¨bre: Discrimination against mothers in the workplace.
Organizers of this nascent political movement, called MomsRising, claim that there is an undercurrent of ill will toward mothers in the workplace. They point to sob stories of single mothers turned down for jobs for that reason alone. They want laws to protect mothersâ€™ rights and they want companies to offer family-friendly options for mothers and fathers â€“ like flex-time, part-time work and telecommuting.
Perhaps there is a need for such legislation and no doubt, there are some companies still mired in the dark ages. But corporate culture seems to be changing on its own, as more mothers remain in the workplace â€“ either by choice or necessity. Thereâ€™s been much written nationally about highly educated women who â€œopt outâ€ of the workforce after their children are born, but among my friends that seems more the exception than the rule.
Meanwhile, with a wave of Baby Boomer retirements on the horizon, most employers canâ€™t afford to harbor antiquated attitudes toward the working moms of Generations X and Y. Theyâ€™ll need us as much as we need them.
BEING A mother isnâ€™t easy, and being a working mother is often doubly hard. Thatâ€™s just the way it is. If it were easy, any man could do it.