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Thursday, May 04, 2006

What's a mom worth

Are you wondering what a mom should be paid for her work as a mom? Through conversations with 400 moms, has put a dollar figure on the 10 jobs that make up a mom's job description. A stay -at-home mom would earn $134,121 a year if paid for all her work, according to the study by the Waltham, Mass.-based compensation experts.
A mother, like me, who works outside the home ,too, would earn an extra $85,876 annually on top of her actual wages for the work she does at home, the study says. I used's tool where you can calculate what you should be paid, based on how many children you have, where you live and the tasks you perform throughout the week. With three kids, I should be earning an extra $82,251 for my "mom" tasks as housekeeper, cook, laundry machine operator, facilities manager, CEO, van driver and psychologist(my daughter boosts my pay in this category).

Here are some fun-filled facts from the survey that working moms can appreciate:
* The study shows that in a week, the extra 2 hours that working moms devote to their two jobs results in 2 fewer hours of sleep.
* The biggest difference appears to be in the "mom job" of day care center teacher, with stay at home moms reporting an average of 15.7 hours per week and working moms reporting 7.2 hours spent on this "mom job".
* Often, working moms skip lunch, come in early, and give up exercise in order to save time to be with their kids for homework and other activities.
* Moms work an average of 90 hours a week whether they are a working mom or a stay at home mom.

Too bad that "mom paycheck'' the site produces isn't real. We who find our "mom jobs" rewarding wouldn't mind our wallets getting a bit fatter too.


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