Celebrating momWritten by Heather Miller | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The tips are lousy; the pay is worse. She’s the first one up and the last one to bed. She cooks to order and busses the table. Plus she’s the waitress and the head chef, too. And she never calls in sick.
Can you really put a price on your mom? Well, probably not. However, Salary.com has put a price on what they would earn for all the jobs moms do. The website’s 2009 evaluation on the “Mom Job” put stay-at-home moms at a salary of $122, 732. A working mom should earn $76,184 in addition to her regular salary. That’s no too shabby considering the current economic state.
Salary.com, Inc said it based the “Mom Salaries” on the 10 most popular “mom job functions.” They found the job titles that best matched a mom’s definition of her work were: Laundry Machine Operator, Janitor, Van Driver, Housekeeper, Computer Operator I, Cook, Day Care Center Teacher, Facilities Manager, Psychologist, and Chief Executive Officer. (So can I add all of these to my resume?) But what about the non-traditional job titles? They need to add boo-boo kisser, potty trainer, boogey man exterminator, and chief sippy cup filler in to the mix. Moms’ do all of these jobs, plus many, MANY more. And, usually, without any thanks and absolutely no pay.
Oh, sure we get one Sunday each May when the world pays us a tribute. But most moms do their little juggling act each day with little complaint. It is what we do. Women may be considered the weaker sex, but I know very few men who would be willing to go through nine months of bloating, nausea, and random kicks in the rib just to spend the next 18 years trying to sneak a manicure in between little league, ballet, piano lessons, bedtime stories, doctors appointments, bath time, and being an adequate role-model twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
Moms should be awarded a metal just for making it through a child’s first year. And, if your kid makes it to eighteen without breaking too many laws, moms should get a free tropical getaway, alone, with a man servant to bring her multiple frozen drinks in a coconut. They should also get some cute, little two seat convertible to replace their mini vans. Mary Kay ladies get a pink Caddy for selling enough lipstick and powder, so it is the least we can do for the woman who gave us life.
So, here is my Happy Mother’s Day to all of you moms out there. Take a day off. Just remember, you won’t get paid and you’ll just have to do the dishes tomorrow.
Heather Miller is a mom and a reporter at FOX Toledo.