Let’s see, according to the survey conducted by Salary.com, the roles we take on include CEO, laundry operator, computer operator, housekeeper, cook, day care teacher, van driver, janitor, psychologist, and facilities manager. What diverse skills we have!
For 2013, the site estimates that stay-at-home moms should have earned a total salary of $113,568. Working moms earned $67,436.
I’m really not a fan of these descriptors, “stay at home” and “working” moms, but have yet to come up with anything more to my liking so will stick with it for now.
My knowledge on this subject isn’t nearly nuanced enough to offer a solution. Should companies offer moms & dads longer paid family leave? Should the government offer assistance? I really don’t know.
Select text from Tara Siegel Bernard’s New York Times article on February 22, 2013:
Despite the myriad benefits of paid leaves, the number of employers that offer the time off is dismal. “We know maternity leave is associated with lower infant mortality rates,” saidJody Heymann, dean of the Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California, L..., and author of the new book “Children’s Chances: How Countries Can Move From Surviving to Thriving.”
While the United States takes great pride in its family values, it is the only high-income country that does not offer a paid leave program. (Eight countries in all don’t offer the benefit, according to Dr. Heymann’s research.) Most of Europe and Central Asia — or 38 of 53 countries — provide 26 weeks or more of paid leave for mothers, according to Dr. Heymann’s research. “Twenty years ago there were a few other advanced economies that did not yet provide paid leave, and now, the U.S. is entirely isolated,” she said.
I do know that what moms do, what all moms do matters. It matters a great deal not only to our children, our partners, but to our communities and the future of our country.
So, what is it exactly that our kids think we do all day? I’ve asked mine and will post their video responses a bit later. Would love to hear what your kids say!