How Much is a Stay At Home Parent Worth

by How To Mommy on 01.17.12

After deciding to become a stay at home mom three years ago {thanks to a timely layoff when I was 7 months pregnant with Little Miss R}, I have rarely looked back.

I absolutely relish every moment of watching my girls changing and growing each day.  And thanks to my incredibly hardworking husband, we’ve been able to swing it.

However, that doesn’t mean it’s never tight!

During those times I can’t help but feel like all I ever do is spend money and never bring anything to the table {though I have become an independent Thirty-One consultant and am a program director for a non-profit…but they’re both very part-time}.

After reading “How Much is a Homemaker Worth” on Yahoo, I must say I’m feeling better.

The article breaks down the major duties of a stay at home parent and puts a price tag on their services:

  • Private Chef: $1,005 per five day work week x 52 weeks = $52,260 per year.
  • House Cleaner: $118 per week X 52 Weeks = $6,136 per year.
  • Child Care: $600 a week plus perks/benefits x 52 Weeks = $31,200 per year. {Do I get to multiply this one by two?}
  • Driver: $1,000 per year + [(estimated miles driven 8000 miles / 50 MPH) x 60 min/hr x $0.33 per minute] = $4,168 total per year.
  • Laundry Service: $0.90 per pound x 4 pounds of clothes per day x 5 days per weeks x 52 weeks = $936 total per year.
  • Lawn Maintenance: $30 per week x 52 weeks = $1,560 total per year. {Ok, half this…we don’t mow in the winter}
  • The Bottom Line: Total for a year of all services is: $52,260 + $6,137 + $31,200 + $4,168 + $936 + $1,560 = $96,261 per year.

Even factoring in a deep discount on my house cleaning and laundering services {do to less than professional work}, that’s still nothing to scoff at.  It also helps me realize how much money we’re saving by having me complete this tasks.

So now, when can I expect this check? 😉

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Ashley @ It's Fitting January 17, 2012 at 6:08 PM

I think I need to print this out and put it on my wall… to remind myself of what I’m worth now that I’m not collecting a paycheck. Because somedays, it’s hard to remember.

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2 How To Mommy January 17, 2012 at 11:28 PM

I hear ya Ashley! That’s a great idea.

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3 Martina January 17, 2012 at 10:59 PM

You’ve forgotten all of the undeclared overtime hours, secretary duties, nurse (to both children and husband and we all know a sick man is the hardest nursing job of all)….. I think that most moms fail to see the value in all the work they do. There is no monetary value, their job is priceless. The greatest reward and payment anyone can give them is the respect and gratitude they deserve for doing the important job of raising our future. This is a great article! Thanks for sharing!

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4 How To Mommy January 17, 2012 at 11:01 PM

So glad you liked it. And why are men SUCH babies when they’re sick? 🙂

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5 Stephanie February 15, 2012 at 4:41 PM

I saw this article too! It’s completely hard for me to remind myself how much work I’m actually doing at home though I am not getting paid. I love watching my son change daily and being the one that sees all his firsts! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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6 dad-e-o April 30, 2012 at 3:24 AM

i went from bachelor motorcycle riding life to SUPRISE daddy life, my girlfriend makes decent money and i lost my job do to the economy.yet she tells me were broke and if i want to buy a beer i have to do a favor for her on top of being a stay at home dad for 12 hr a day 5 days a wk.any thoughts about how to aproch my frustrasion without being an a hole

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