Feeling undervalued as a SAHM (or SAHD?)
For 13 years Salary.com, a leading career site, has taken the time to interview thousands of parents and crunch the numbers to come up with a real world estimate for what a stay-at-home parent's work would be worth in today's market.
They've calculated estimates for women who are full-time SAHMs and those who work outside the home as well. Do you agree with this breakdown? What would you change/add?
The thing I would change/add is the comparison between parents and what we choose to do within our own family. While I appreciate the sentiment...it's not necessary. working parents and stay at home parents are equals and we all have our place in this world and majority of us care for our kids in ways that we can. Then again this is coming from a place of happiness, support, and the daily acknowledgment/appreciation of what I do.Some people might not have it as good and have to deal with major ignorance/hate from their significant others, family, or friends.
If thats the case then they should take a good hard look at it and show it to others
Anyway, this is just my 2 cents. I do think that women work very hard and are undervalued, but I don't think the graph is a very accurate representation of the value that mothers add to society. If we valued children/mothers as a whole, and all of the investing and tasks that go into raising children, maybe we would have a better, more equitable system.
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