According to a survey by Salary.com, a division of a “human resources consultant” Kenexa, your mamma should be earning $115,000 per year for the work she does. Who did they ask — her sons?!! We all love our mamma and I strongly believe children benefit from having their motther at home, but common get a grip, a stay-at-home mom is worth nothing like that $115,000.
This ridiculous over-inflated salary was worked out by dividing a stay-at-home mom’s role into 10 professions: day care center teacher, CEO, psychologist, cook, housekeeper, laundry machine operator, computer operator, facilities manager, janitor and van driver; and then calculating how many hours they do in each of these roles. Apparently the people at Kenexa think that the average American mamma does almost 97 hours work a week, including 13.2 hours as a day-care teacher; 3.9 hours as household CEO; 7.6 hours as a psychologist; 14.1 hours as a cook; 15.4 as a housekeeper; 6.6 hours doing laundry; 9.5 hours as a computer operator; 10.7 hours as a facilities manager; 7.8 hours as a janitor and 7.8 hours driving. Which all goes to prove what we already knewabout HR consultants: they are complete morons!
Firstly, we can get rid of the roles of CEO and facilities manager because Mrs stay-at-home mom USA isn’t running a commercial company or leasing a property; she’s looking after the house, 2 kids and a pet dog. We can also get rid of the role of psychologist because she isn’t one, and the average American kid doesn’t need to see a psychologist, therapist, or counsellor. And as for computer operator — 9.5 hours checking email, social networking, and online shopping isn’t work. So that leaves day care center teacher, cook, housekeeper, laundry machine operator, janitor and van driver — okay anyone else notice the overlap here? Apparently American housekeepers don’t have any cooking, cleaning, or laundry duties.
Also how did they come of with 6.6 hours for laundry? Does the typical American housewife wash by hand and wring dry?!! Loading and unloading a washing machine takes a couple of minutes at the most and another couple of minutes to hang clothes out to dry or load and unload the spindryer, and 5 minutes ironing at the most. How about 14.1 hours a week cooking!!! That’s 2 hours a day to cater for a family of four. How many meals does the average American family eat? And unless I’m missing something a stay-at-home mom “stays-at-home”, so how the hell do they come up with 7.8 hours driving a week? Does the average American mom do her shopping out of state?
The truth is that a part-time nanny and part-time housekeeper could fill all the roles of a stay-at-home mom for well under $30k, and they wouldn’t get the car, clothing allowance, meals, or home either.