Study pegs mom's market value at near...

Study pegs mom's market value at nearly $117,000

There are 103 comments on the Newsday story from May 9, 2008, titled Study pegs mom's market value at nearly $117,000. In it, Newsday reports that:

If a stay-at-home mom could be compensated in dollars rather than personal satisfaction and unconditional love, she'd rake in a nifty sum of nearly $117,000 a year.

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Huntington resident

Brooklyn, NY

#1 May 9, 2008
I lost my Mom years ago and would pay thousands just to have another day with her. Celebrate your mom!
Undervalued by a lot

United States

#2 May 9, 2008
117K is a real lowball figure for sure. How about Nurse, Medic, Plumber, General Repairs & Maintenance and Bookeeper just to start in most households!

That alone ups the price well over 200K.

And then there is Counselor, Teacher and Chauffer!

Now we are at 300+K!
Undervalued by a lot

United States

#3 May 9, 2008
Huntington resident wrote:
I lost my Mom years ago and would pay thousands just to have another day with her. Celebrate your mom!
I agree with you 1 million percent!

My dear mom passed on in 2001 (3 days after 9/11) and life has not been the same since!

To ANY son and/or daughter who is on the outs with thier MOM. Make THIS SUNDAY the MOTHER'S DAY you RECONCILE with her! Cause you never know when she might die!

I came home from vacation 2 weeks before my mom passed away and almost blew off calling her cause I was too tired from the long flight home.
Something told me to call her anyway, I did and got to talk with her for about 5 or 10 minutes. The NEXT DAY she had a heart attack and went into a coma that she never came out of.
I cherish to this day that last 10 minutes I had with her!

So no matter what the rift between you and your mom, RECONCILE ON SUNDAY!

PLEASE! You may not get another chance!
Big D

West Covina, CA

#4 May 9, 2008
Oh please. How is a mother a psychologist and chief executive. In my experience, it seems to me that the children are the real psychologists. By the time they're 5 they have the mothers running in circles for them.

It's ridiculous trying to attach a salary value to being a parent. It may be work but you still home. Wha wha wha.
Brian Fellow

Corinth, ME

#5 May 9, 2008
Undervalued by a lot wrote:
117K is a real lowball figure for sure. How about Nurse, Medic, Plumber, General Repairs & Maintenance and Bookeeper just to start in most households!
That alone ups the price well over 200K.
And then there is Counselor, Teacher and Chauffer!
Now we are at 300+K!
I see these “estimates” every so often and I have the same thought every time: why not go and put yourself on the market for $117K? If its worth that much, there MUST be someone who would pay you. So, why don’t thousands of women actually make $117K doing this job for someone else? The only way something is worth anything is if someone will pay it. My wife is a lawyer and only makes $55K. I am quite sure she’d trade that job in a heartbeat to make $117K working in someone’s home. Can you help us find this opportunity so she can double her salary?
Of course, what you’re also implicitly suggesting is that the dad isn’t worth much at all… why doesn’t anyone add up dads worth? If he isn’t worth anything why would any intelligent woman marry a man, a net economic drain, just so she could stay home and work for nothing? Are you saying that these women are stupid?
Get Real

United States

#6 May 9, 2008
No doubt, mom's are priceless. I told my wife that I would be more than happy to stay home with our 2 children, if ,she was going to go out and get a job that would support our family...she declined.
Too True

United States

#7 May 9, 2008
If stay at home moms are valued at $117,00 a year, what about moms who work outside the home and STILL do all of the other mom jobs? Husbands/fathers still think when they wash the dishes occasionally, they are "helping out." Working mothers are the first ones up in the morning and the last ones to bed every night. For "Get Real" the reason your wife declined to allow you to stay home with the kids is that she knows she would still end up with most of the housework.
Sociologist

United States

#8 May 9, 2008
Market value for most South Florida
"Moms",$117.00 and that is generous.
Popping out kids who look after each other. "Whose my Daddy" are their first words.
Jane from Babylon

Corning, NY

#9 May 9, 2008
when chauffers start getting paid for driving themselves around and chefs get paid for making their own dinner, then parents should get paid for watching their own children. i had the stay at home racket for 8 years---once they're not infants and your day is structured--it is yours. i had dinner and dishes--the household, everything...in order by 5pm every day and lots of "me" time in the evenings and family fun time on the weekends.

There should be a holiday for mothers who work full time and do all the other household chores and child raising on the "second shift"--which usually ends at 11pm with no time for themselves.

observer

United States

#11 May 9, 2008
I wish my Mom a happy Mothers Day even though she always told me amd my 2 brothers that she was "sick and tired" of our antics. ;)
OH PLEASE

Spring Valley, NY

#12 May 9, 2008
I'm a working single mother of 2 children. I was home with my kids when they were babies and let me tell you it was a piece of cake. Now that I work full time and raise my kids on my own I should be making 117k a year. My day ends at 11:30 everynight. I dont feel sorry for women that can afford to stay home all day and take care of their families. I would take that job in a minute. what they do in 8 hours I have to cram into 2 hours.
DelightfulGirl

Boca Raton, FL

#13 May 9, 2008
Oh please, these studies of a mom's "market value" are incredibly ignorant. I would be more than happy to stay at home and change a few diapers, cook, and throw a few loads of clothes in the washing machine. How hard is that compared to going out into the real world and getting your ass tossed around in the corporate world for 12 hours a day?
The Solution

Houston, TX

#14 May 9, 2008
Hooker, Landscaper and Housekeeper!

117K just wait until some nutty b itch trys that one in court.

DKR

“Face Fear & Live Your Dreams”

Since: Apr 08

Boston, MA

#15 May 9, 2008
My Mom's worth WAY more than $117K!!

She's priceless.
Jane from Babylon

Corning, NY

#16 May 9, 2008
OH PLEASE wrote:
I'm a working single mother of 2 children. I was home with my kids when they were babies and let me tell you it was a piece of cake. Now that I work full time and raise my kids on my own I should be making 117k a year. My day ends at 11:30 everynight. I dont feel sorry for women that can afford to stay home all day and take care of their families. I would take that job in a minute. what they do in 8 hours I have to cram into 2 hours.
i agree with everything you said, as i posted above. except: stay at home moms don't stay home all day. They're shopping, getting their nails done or at the gym, beach or pool.
a mom

Hollywood, FL

#17 May 9, 2008
Wish all moms had opportunity to stay at home. Womens lib. Worth it?
DelightfulGirl wrote:
Oh please, these studies of a mom's "market value" are incredibly ignorant. I would be more than happy to stay at home and change a few diapers, cook, and throw a few loads of clothes in the washing machine. How hard is that compared to going out into the real world and getting your ass tossed around in the corporate world for 12 hours a day?

DKR

“Face Fear & Live Your Dreams”

Since: Apr 08

Boston, MA

#18 May 9, 2008
Big D wrote:
Oh please. How is a mother a psychologist and chief executive. In my experience, it seems to me that the children are the real psychologists. By the time they're 5 they have the mothers running in circles for them.
It's ridiculous trying to attach a salary value to being a parent. It may be work but you still home. Wha wha wha.
You must have been dropped on your head when you were a baby. No wonder you have such a headache about this.

DKR

“Face Fear & Live Your Dreams”

Since: Apr 08

Boston, MA

#19 May 9, 2008
Brian Fellow wrote:
<quoted text>
I see these “estimates” every so often and I have the same thought every time: why not go and put yourself on the market for $117K? If its worth that much, there MUST be someone who would pay you. So, why don’t thousands of women actually make $117K doing this job for someone else? The only way something is worth anything is if someone will pay it. My wife is a lawyer and only makes $55K. I am quite sure she’d trade that job in a heartbeat to make $117K working in someone’s home. Can you help us find this opportunity so she can double her salary?
Of course, what you’re also implicitly suggesting is that the dad isn’t worth much at all… why doesn’t anyone add up dads worth? If he isn’t worth anything why would any intelligent woman marry a man, a net economic drain, just so she could stay home and work for nothing? Are you saying that these women are stupid?
Don't worry, Dad's turn is coming next month. They'll probably be a salary value estimate calculated just in time for Father's Day.

Many smart women marry because they want the companionship, love and partnership of/with a good man. The best among them don't care about the substance of the salary a man earns, but they care about the substance of the man. Plenty of smart women marry men who make far less of an income - like my Mom did.
BCL

United States

#20 May 9, 2008
I don't get it. I so most of the things on that list and not my wife -- and I work 40 hrs per week while she works 20. And that doesn't include things like changing the oil in the car at 10:30 at night. Where's my $117? I guess I'll have to wait until Father's day for that article, right?
Why so upset

Miami, FL

#21 May 9, 2008
I wonder why Big D and Brian Fellow there are so very upset. Wow, lighten up.

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