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How Much Are You Worth?

Putting a price on things seems to be a theme this week. Yesterday I asked you how much you'd pay for an orgasm and today we're talking about the monetary worth of a housewife. As we all know, staying home and running the household is a full-time job and researches in the UK have estimated that the position of a housewife is valued at £30,000 ($60,000) a year.
According to the Daily Mail,

They broke down the costs according to the average wages paid to professionals for tasks such as getting children dressed and ready for school, feeding them, helping with homework, and getting them ready for bed.

Clearly all that work is no small feat, so ladies, if you're a stay-at-home mom and if you could name a price for your full-time job, what would you want your paycheck to look like?


applebees3 applebees3 9 years
well i don't think the issue here is if a mom works or not, if she is a good mom. Just because a woman works, doesn't mean she is a part time mom or a bad mom who doesn't raise good, decent kids. She either has to work or wants to work. And she still has all the other stuff to do when she gets home.
Marci Marci 9 years
I don't have children, but I sure as heck know what my Mom did, and there is no price you can put on raising good, decent human beings and putting them out there into the world.
angelbaby2 angelbaby2 9 years
good point vmruby!!! LOL
vmruby vmruby 9 years
There's not enough money in this world to pay me what i'm worth......LOL!
controlledspin controlledspin 9 years
I agree. I work full-time and do all the things listed. So what would my salary be? LOL
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 9 years
Oh and Jasmav....FANTASTIC point. I mean I understand that childcare costs are a huge portion of this figure, but really when they start including laundry, and chauffering and vacuuming...well my house doesn't vacuum itself because I'm single thanks... "And adding up the value of tasks that would be carried out by chambermaids, accountants, chefs and mystery shoppers, the study came up with a total of £29,771.56 - several thousand above the national average wage." -From the Daily Mail. What bs!
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 9 years
Did they not study stay at home dads?
applebees3 applebees3 9 years
i also have a problem with the studies and agree with javsmav. I still do all of these house hold chores and still work a full time job. I don't understand why stay at home moms act like they do all of this work around the house when they would still have to do it even if they worked outside the home. They just have a lot more time to do it. All of the stay at homes in my neighborhood don't look like they do a heck of a lot at all.
javsmav javsmav 9 years
I have a problem with these studies that compare the work of a housewife to what it would cost other people to do these tasks, because it's stuff that most people do even if they aren't a stay at home mom. I have to clean cook, & do laundry & that's not factored into my salary. Working parents have to do all that plus get the kids ready for bed, help with homework, dress and feed them, but their salaries are still whatever they make at their jobs. Most people can't afford to hire maids, live-in nannies, and chefs, they do it all and work. Not to undermine being a stay at home mom--I think it's great if someone wants to do that, but a lot of what they do is just stuff that everyone has to do.
luckyme luckyme 9 years
Ditto GlowingMoon. I don't feel like I could put a price on it. My paycheck is my 8 month old that I get to see day in and day out. Her smile is payment enough (gag if you want, it's true!)
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
Truthfully, I'm unable to put a price tag on what I do because MY domestic services cannot be purchased. Sure, another person can maintain our household, but she or he wouldn't do it like me, nor care about our household (and its members) like I would. So I would say I'm "priceless," as there is no other comparable, and my services cannot be purchased.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
$60,000 seems like a lot at first, but if you are looking at a stay-at-home mom who does everything, it's not that much. Think of how much it would cost to hire a live-in maid, a live-in cook, a chauffer, etc. I know some people who sell life insurance, and stay-at-home moms are increasingly taking out policies that would much more than cover funeral costs. This is because their daily work has a lot of monetary value. (Obviously it has a lot of other value, too.)
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
$60,000 is quite a bit. I mean I get paid a little over half of that at my job and I swear I am like a mom too! Making sure every report and spec is corrects, edited, and formatted. Making sure they're out on time, making sure the meetings are alright...just pretty much keep everythign organized and clean is my job! And when there's only 3 of us and 80 other men engineers...that is quite a task!
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