Survey...how much should a stay-at-home parents earned in a day?

@charms88 (7543)
Philippines
February 15, 2007 7:26pm CST
I have nothing better to do so I decided to make a round of survey here. Being a stay-at-home mom myself for 8 years, this is what I'm doing every single day. Woke up 5AM everyday, cook breakfast, drive my girls to school, clean the house from top to bottom, wash the laundry, feed my bunny, fetch my girls from school, help them in their homeworks, cook dinner, wash the dishes, and so on...sometimes, I felt like I was always in a hurry to do things all at once and 24 hours a day seems not enough. I tried to sneak in a few hours to check on mylot too. I don't even have the priviledge to have a week vacation, 3 days off and holidays were not heard off. How much do you think we, stay-at-home parents, should be paid in a day?
3 responses
• United States
16 Feb 07
I read an article in one of the parenting magazines that I have that if you were to add up all the duties a stay-at-home parent has and base their pay on what people do at a job in the real world they'd make something like $100k a year! And I think that's fairly accurate amount considering all the things we do; cooking, cleaning, driving the kids around, etc. It really is incredible and we really should be appreciate more :)
@charms88 (7543)
• Philippines
16 Feb 07
You're very right. But funny, even without pay, we still love our job.
• Philippines
19 Feb 07
It would take a substantial amount to get someone to do all the household chores for you. Hired helps cannot do everything that a stay-at-home mothers can do. So I think if you are going to get paid for all your hard work, it should be at least a minimum of US$250.00 a month. But since you will be too expensive if your man hired you, he just married you.
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• United States
18 Feb 07
Personally, I don't think many companies could afford to pay a stay-at-home parent what they are worth. If you were to take the cost of childcare and multiply by the hours needed and years gone by, that alone would be tremendous! Add cook, housekeeper, taxi, handyman, accountant, nurse, business partner, tax preparer, lawn care worker, contractor, guidance councelor and all of the many other hats worn, well, I just don't think they can afford this. I know they probably would not be willing to pay the real worth. People may not agree with me, but I have been on both sides of this fence and I think it was easier to go out to a job, the only problem with that is, I had to put those other hats back on when I got home.
@charms88 (7543)
• Philippines
19 Feb 07
Stay-at-home parents were not given the priviledge to earn money unless their partner or spouse will give you a little allowance. My husband kept telling me I'm lucky coz I don't need to go out and work. But I'm not lazing around my house doing nothing. I didn't hire any maid eventhough, maids are very common here in my country.