How much would it cost to replace your mom?


Recently, I wrote about being a “work-at-home mom”. This started me thinking about my own mother, two of my sisters, some of my friends and, in particular, an aunt of mine.

I’ve heard this conversation before:

Aunt: “What does she do?”

Person about to get a lesson: “She doesn’t work. She’s just a mom”.

Just because a woman stays home but is not otherwise collecting a paycheck or performing an activity for which she must file taxes doesn’t mean she’s not working.

My mom stayed home and raised seven children. Doing some quick math, I estimate that she changed 35,770 diapers – and that doesn’t count grandchildren. I can’t imagine how many meals she’s cooked and pots and pans she’s cleaned.

That is work you can’t put a price tag on! But someone has tried.

According to Business Insider, a stay-at-home mom’s work is equal to $113,586 annually.

Their estimate comes from a tool called the Mom Salary Wizard that allows you to calculate what your work as a mom is worth in the marketplace. (By the way, there is also a Dad Salary Wizard for the stay-at-home dad).

You can customize your results according to the number of children you have at home and at school, your zip code, and the tasks you spend the most time on daily. You can even print out your own paycheck.

Often a thankless job, I wonder how many stay-at-home moms consider what they do worth a six-figure income.

Stay-at-home moms function as everything from cook and janitor to interior designer and logistics analyst. They are nurses who kiss wounds, drivers who taxi children to-and-fro, accountants keeping the household finances in order, and groundskeepers keeping the garden weed free.

There’s no such thing as “just a mom”.

Jodi Sunderman, a wife, mother, and brand marketing consultant, wrote this blog for momaha

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