Here’s How Much Stay-At-Home Moms Should *Actually* Make
When you think about being a stay-at-home mom, it sounds like a job that seems almost impossible. The work is hard, the pay is, well, there is no pay and the hours are 24/7/365. This was brilliantly demonstrated last year when Cardstore.com hosted fake job interviews via Skype for a “director of operations” position. The interviewer told candidates they’d be required to work 135 hours a week with no breaks and then informed them there would be no pay. After some shocked reactions, they revealed that the actual job they were applying for was in fact, a stay-at-home mom.
This sort of idea got Dallas resident Steven Nelms thinking. According to BuzzFeed, he and his wife Glory decided it would be smarter financially to have Glory stay home and care for their toddler, Ezra than it would be to pay for childcare. After seeing all the tasks Glory had taken on at home Steven decided to calculate an actual numerical value for his wife’s work so that he could better understand and appreciate all that she does. After conducting extensive online research and even consulting some experts, the salary figure was pretty shocking. Steven breaks the numbers down like this:
– Cleaning Service: $50 to 100 per week
– Personal Shopper: $65 per hour at four hours a week
– Chef: $240 a week
– Laundry: $25 a week
– PR Assistant: $75 per hour
The total amount comes to a whopping $73,960 per year. While that number is already pretty staggering, it’s actually significantly lower than what Salary.com estimated. In an earlier study, the website found that based on the 94.7 hours of work stay-at-home moms do per week, they should be making upwards of $100,000.
While Steven already knew his wife’s job was tough he explains that it really helped him appreciate everything his wife does for their family. In a blog post Steven wrote on his findings he says, “My wife sometimes feels patronized when I ask her permission to buy something for myself. She feels like it’s my money and my name on the paycheck so I shouldn’t have to ask permission to get myself something every once in a while. The truth is, I’m ashamed of any time I’ve ever made her feel guilty or humored when she’s purchased something for herself. I’m ashamed that she has ever felt like she doesn’t have just as much right to our income as I do. The fact of the matter is that our income doesn’t even come close to covering what she does for our family. I would have to make over 100K to even begin to be able to cover my living expenses as well as employ my wife as a Stay-At-Home Mom!”
Okay, somebody get this fam a set of parent of the year awards STAT.
What are you thoughts on this dad’s findings? Share with us in the comments below.
(Photos via Steven Nelms)
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)