Mom's market value? It's nearly $117,000

Mom's market value? It's nearly $117,000

There are 29 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from May 8, 2008, titled Mom's market value? It's nearly $117,000. In it, Chicago Tribune 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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psych

Orlando, FL

#21 May 9, 2008
Diane wrote:
Come on ~ all of you ~ a mother at home is PRICELESS!! A mother at home who does it right = 1) a very happy husband who wouldn't want her any other place and 2) children who grow up to be good people, citizens, parents themselves, etc.~ characteristics that are missing in today's society.
I would say that a PARENT at home is priceless, BUT how many families can afford to have one full time parent at home? Not mine, and believe me, we live frugally. I drive a 20 year old car and we live in a modest home. We are both professionals with decent paying jobs. Oh, and I've worked since my son was 4 months old and he's a loving, compassionate, and responsible kid. Those of us who work can also be excellent parents who raise decent kids. I am insulted when people state that only a stay at home mom can raise a good kid.
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Winter Garden, FL

#23 May 10, 2008
If they included her implied income from "wifely duties", she'd probably earn over $500K....

Seriously, does this survey come from the same group that estimated "March Madness" business costs at something over $3 Billion?
DCC

Allen, TX

#24 May 10, 2008
I am sorry, but I did not have kids for the money and don't expect to be compensated for being a mother. It was a choice that I made and never regretted.
If you don't want the responsibility that comes with being a parent, don't have children!
actually

Orlando, FL

#25 May 10, 2008
Using my handy dandy Florida wage converter that automatically moves the decimal point one place to the left, a Florida housewife should expect to earn $11,700. And since she works in a "right to work state," she can be fired at any time for any reason. Sorry Mildred.
John

Winter Haven, FL

#26 May 10, 2008
You can't put a dollar value on a mother. A good mother is priceless to her children. Regarding their contribution to the 'machine' that would result in a dollar value, what a cheap way to put it.

Since: Mar 08

Orlando, FL

#27 May 10, 2008
DCC wrote:
I am sorry, but I did not have kids for the money and don't expect to be compensated for being a mother. It was a choice that I made and never regretted.
If you don't want the responsibility that comes with being a parent, don't have children!
That did remind me of one neighbor lady of mine (different neighbor than the one previously mentioned)...this one had THREE of her own kids...and once quipped to me; "I think the government should PAY women to stay home and raise their kids!"

Uh. Yea. She votes democRAT. Go figure.

That's some people's mindset. They simply know nothing about the economy in which they live.
jon bonce

Hammond, IN

#28 May 10, 2008
They cook in microwaves use swiffers and think that's clean, don't know what an iron is, yada, yada, yada. Some of them are worth 50 cents!
overtaxed

Orlando, FL

#29 May 13, 2008
SO I guess this new bogus stat will now be considered in divorce settlements, and a man who makes less than 50k will have to compensate the woman to thhe tune of $117k per year now?!?!?!?!
Mike O G

Winter Haven, FL

#30 May 20, 2008
Sorry, but I believe those hours are seriously over estimated. That would mean that they spend every second that they're awake working for their kids. What about when the kids are in school? What about when dad is spending time with them? Maybe mothers of newborns spend 94 hours/week on their kids, but anyone with kids knows that the older they get, the less time we really need to dedicate solely towards them...

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