Your mom would get upset with you when you were a kid when you didn't say thank you, and you probably scoffed a bit at her sensitivity. My dad was always reminding us kids to thank our mom, but the meaning of it all didn't come together until I was older. Not that we weren't polite or ungrateful children, but the act of saying thanks to your mom doesn't always come naturally when you're a kid. You think she's supposed to do nice things for you like cooking dinner and making ginger ale runs when you're sick and it's all just part of the job. I'm not a mom, but I've heard it's the toughest job in the world and you bet I believe it — that's why I'm in no rush to have my own little Savvies anytime soon. Salary.com just came out with their annual mom report that puts a salaried figure on the work that both Working Moms and Stay-at-Home Moms tend to perform. To see how much a mom's work would be worth just read more
According to the Salary.com annual Mom survey, "The time mothers spend performing the ten most popular 'Mom Job' functions would equate to an annual salary of $116,805 for a Stay-at-Home Mom and $68,405 for a Working Mom. The job titles that best matched a mom’s definition of her work include housekeeper, day care center teacher, cook, laundry machine operator, computer operator, psychologist, facilities manager, van driver, chief executive officer and janitor."
But the fact is that moms aren't paid for the amount of work they do, and their payment is really in the love and thank-yous they receive from their families. So while your mom would of course appreciate a material token of your appreciation, the biggest gift you can give is saying thank you.
Thanks, Mom — Happy Early Mother's Day!