Stay-At-Home Moms Work?
Democratic strategist Hillary Rosen set off a political firestorm last week for her comments about Ann Romney, Republican candidate Mitt Romney’s wife, for choosing to be a stay-at-home mom and raising five boys. Rosen said of Romney, “Guess what – she has actually never worked a day in her life.” Uh-oh! Let’s talk about this for a minute.
I am proud to say that my wife is a stay-at-home WORKER! She is part housekeeper, cook, teacher, laundry machine operator, CEO, van driver, psychologist, computer operator, janitor, and facilities manager! According to Salary.com, the annual compensation of a stay-at-home is worth $134,121. Let me repeat that: A stay-at-home mom’s salary should be over $130,000. I’d call that work!!
In 2010, there were roughly 5 million stay-at-home moms accounting for 23% of married couple families. That means the majority of mothers are working moms. However, when looking at the data more closely we see that 55% of mothers of kids age 6 and under are working mothers. That means that 45% of mothers with small children are staying home. A common trend is for mothers to begin working outside the home as the kids go off to school.
So when someone says a stay-at-home mom doesn’t work, they are gravely mistaken! Working mothers (both outside the home and inside the home) are underappreciated in our society! Like Prov. 31:10 says: “A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.” (emp. added) –C.Fry