"a full-time stay-at-home mother would earn $134,121 a year if paid for all her work, an amount similar to a top U.S. ad executive, a marketing director or a judge"A mom who also works outside the home would earn an extra $85,876 annually on top of her actual wages for the work she does at home.
Salary.com offers a web site (http://www.mom.salary.com) where mothers can calculate what they should be paid, based on how many children they have, where they live and other factors. The site will even produce a printable document that looks like a paycheck.
Unfortunately, it's non-negotiable, just like everything else about being a mom. But the fact that parents continue to do it -- striving to do more and be more and give more than they ever had -- is just the truest testament to how extraordinarily priceless the experience is.
So, here's to all moms -- in all her iterations (and to dads, too, who so often are easily overlooked when the traditional role of mother is the topic of the month).
Thanks for the tip, Jac.