I just had to write about this!
When you ask a Stay At Home mom,”What do you do?”
She usually doesn’t maintain eye contact and answer shyly, “I stay at home with the kids”
Or she gives a very nervous laugh and say, “The kids are my job”.
I have been a Stay at Home mom myself and I have done the same no doubt (too many times than I count).
Even now as a work from home mom, if asked, “What do I do?” I am so quick to talk about the work I do from home – I’m a Mom-coach as opposed to claiming my place as a Stay At home mom who also runs MomLeader.
My question has always been, “Why do I feel like the work of a Stay At Home Mom cannot be considered as a job?”
I know that I cannot put a price on motherhood but then I cannot ignore all the work that goes into staying at home with the children. From cooking to cleaning to school runs to mitigating fights to diffusing temper tantrums – you name it!
You are so busy throughout the day yet at the end of the day it looks like you haven’t done much!
Truth be told, not every woman can survive being a Stay At Home Mom. Did you know that according to mother.ly and salary.com, the salary of a Stay At Home Mom for 2018 was estimated to be $162,581 per year. This was over $5000 increase from what it was in 2017!
Acoording to Salary.com, Jobs that reflected a day in the life of a Mom was used to achieve this estimated salary.
Example of the hybrid roles were (I picked out just a handful that jumped at me) :
Day Care Centre Teacher
I can see why? I’m sure you can see why too!
These roles were put into consideration when I was developing my Coaching program: MomLeader Incubator – a program for moms who want to start their dream business. I know quite well that Moms wear multiple hats.
My advice is that the next time you are asked, “What do you do?”
Don’t just say that “I’m just a Stay At Home Mom” – No you are not “JUST!”
Being a Stat At home Mom is a respectable role; an high paying role at that!!!!
You either respond with pride that: “You are a Stay At Home Mom” or better still, you can give whoever is asking the question a run down of the hybrid roles above 🙂
If you are curious, you can calculate your estimated salary as a Stay At Home Mom here. Just plug in your details to see what your salary would have been.
You might be interested in reading my recent blogposts:
Stay At Home Moms vs Working Moms
15 Honest Truths about Pregnancy
List of Inspiring Mom-Goals
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